On December 12 the Texas Rangers drafted in the Triple-A part of the MLB winter draft the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The Rangers have said this isn’t a ploy or a stunt, and he will be on the team’s restricted list.
Dec 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) stands on the field during a break in the action against the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Either way this goes, it only cost the Texas Ranger $12,000 for his rights.
Russell was watching film on the Giants game when he heard the news and responded with …
"“It’s a pretty cool thing,” Wilson said. “At the same time my focus is on football. (Rangers GM Jon) Daniels and I talked about that obviously.” (Ted Berg – Usa Today)"
Russell Wilson did state that he misses baseball, but he’s not going to be playing anytime soon.
"Wilson’s baseball agent, Mark Rodgers, told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport the transaction “has very little consequence to Russell or the Seahawks” and added that he “couldn’t imagine a scenario” in which Wilson becomes the Bo Jackson of the millennial set. (Dan Hanzus – NFL.com)"
He was very thrilled and honored by being drafted, but now what?
Some have been having fun with this topic, such as the MLB Memes below.
Wilson has stated that he will be coming to spring training and to actually take part in some of the activities such as the workouts, some hitting and maybe even taking some ground balls.
Overall, this is a good move the Texas Rangers. Wilson will have the opportunity to mentor some young players that are coming into spring training. This is one of the reasons Jon Daniels decided to draft and invite him to spring training. It was known the whole time he wasn’t going to play. Having Russell Wilson out there working hard and his positive attitude is an excellent way to prepare not only the young guys trying to make the team, but to me, also the veterans of the club. The NFL is a grid week in and week out, not saying baseball isn’t, but it will be a good experience for Wilson and the Texas Rangers players.
Also, I would expect to see him at a few games next year and of course throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
This is another great move by Jon Daniels this off season and also adds to the Texas Rangers collection of star NFL players, that also include the recent Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. He still was a 15th-round pick by the Texas Rangers in the 2012 draft.