Yes, you read that headline correctly. The Yankees have acquired Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers for future considerations. Wilson is expected to make an appearance at Yankees camp in March.
We have acquired INF @DangeRussWilson from the Rangers in exchange for future considerations. Wilson is expected to be at camp in March.
🏈+⚾️ pic.twitter.com/NRyksQeQtl — New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 7, 2018
According to Mark Feinsand, Wilson be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster. Cashman also released a statement:
“We’ve admired Russell’s career from afar for quite some time. This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession.
“After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season.”
Wilson, 29, doesn’t plan to become a two-sport athlete like Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders any time soon, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. He just loves the game of baseball and wants to continue to be involved.
However, the Yankees do have an opening at 2B, which happens to be Wilson’s position. Just saying.
Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of MLB’s amateur draft in 2010. He played two seasons in the Rockies’ minor league system, hitting .228 with five homers in 315 at-bats for the Tri-City Valley Cats of the Northwest League and Asheville of the South Atlantic League in 2010-2011.
The Rangers eventually selected Wilson off the Rockies’ roster in the 2013 Rule-5 Draft. Wilson made appearances with Texas at their spring training camp in 2014 and 2015.
Crasnick said Wilson has long-expressed a desire to put on the pinstripes, and Rangers GM Jon Daniels and Brian Cashman have spent several weeks trying to swing a deal. In a statement, Wilson thanked the Rangers for the opportunity to get a taste of professional baseball as his NFL career has blossomed: Yankees camp is expected to have some buzz again, with high expectations for a young ball-club and the addition of superstar, Giancarlo Stanton. A Russell Wilson cameo is icing on the cake.