Texas Rangers Trade Quarterback Russell Wilson to Yankees
By Andrew Webb
In one of the most bizarre moves of recent memory the Texas Rangers have traded Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to the New York Yankees. This trade is arguably the best interesting move that has happened all offseason.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman decided adding Giancarlo Stanton was not enough for the Bronx Bombers this winter. He went out and agreed to acquire NFL quarterback Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations.
Wilson, a four-time Pro Bowler, is expected to appear at Yankees camp sometime in February or March. However, the 29-year-old quarterback has no plans to emulate Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders.
Wilson does not want to try to reinvent himself as a two-sport athlete. He loves baseball and wants to maintain ties to the game. Wilson has expressed interest in joining the Yankees organization in the past.
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The Rangers selected Wilson in the Rule-5 draft of December 2013. He spent two springs with the Rangers in Arizona. However, Texas was not the first professional baseball team that Wilson has appeared on.
Wilson played two seasons with the Colorado Rockies during the 2010-11 seasons. Wilson is a career .229 hitter with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 93 games for Tri-City of the Northwest League and Asheville of the South Atlantic League.
The Rangers were content with inviting Wilson to Spring Training and having him share his experiences as an elite athlete. He made appearances with Texas in 2014 and 2015, but did not play a minor league game with the organization.
It is unclear what the Yankees plans are with Wilson this spring. Wilson has a pretty good thing going with the Seahawks, so a baseball career may not be in the near future. However, Wilson has a desire and love for the game, so who knows what could happen.