Tim Tebow will be assigned to the New York Mets Low Class-A affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina to begin the 2017 baseball season. 

Marc Craig of Newsday was the first to report the newest development. Mets GM Sandy Alderson has confirmed the report. 

Tebow is expected to play the full season with the Fireflies and will have the opportunity to start as a corner outfielder for the team. 

Tebow hit .235 in MLB Spring Training after compiling a .194 average in the Arizona Fall League. 

Tebow will be in familiar territory as Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, a rival Southeastern Conference team of his alma mater, Florida. 

The Columbia Fireflies are a South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. The closest SAL team to Gainesville, Florida (mileage) is the Augusta Green Jackets (266 miles).  

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