The Texas Rangers decided to promote the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to triple-A to avoid losing him during the Winter Meeting Rule-5 Draft. He spent the 2014 season on the club’s double-A Frisco Rough Riders roster.
This means basically the Rangers will be able to keep the Super Bowl winning quarterback for at least one more season. It’s not like he’ll ever pick up a bat again and play a game, but it does mean he’ll continue to have close ties to the club and attend spring training.
Last season the Texas Rangers acquired him in the Rule-5 draft with the 15th pick to control his baseball rights from Colorado for the low price of $12,000.
Overall I think this move makes sense for the Texas Rangers. Ranger fans will again get to see Wilson up close during spring training and the players will get a chance to learn from a Super Bowl champion quarterback. He’s known as an excellent leader with a very good work ethic. The only negative to the Rangers keeping is that it will take up one of their roster spots on the triple-A Round Rock Express. It seems likely that this will be the last year they’ll control his baseball rights. If you want to see him in a Rangers uniform you’ll need to go check him out at spring training, if he decides to go again.
Wilson isn’t the first football players that the Texas Rangers have piked up in the Rule-5 draft. In 1998 they picked up Ricky Williams from the Philadelphia Phillies.
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