Yankees acquire Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in trade with Rangers
The New York Yankees on Wednesday completed a trade with the Texas Rangers that netted the organization Russell Wilson.
Yes, that Russell Wilson.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback is expected to make an appearance at Yankees’ Grapefruit League camp in Tampa, Fla., either in February or March.
Wilson, a baseball star with the NC State Wolfpack from 2008-2010, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round (140th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB draft. Wilson was traded to the Rangers organization in 2013 and appeared at spring training with the team in 2014 and 2015.
Wilson has always hoped for the opportunity to be part of the Yankees organization. Rangers general manage Jon Daniels and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman worked together to work out a solution over the past several weeks, per an ESPN source. The terms reportedly involved future considerations for the Rangers.
Wilson thanked the Rangers via statement upon the news of the trade being made public.
“I want to personally thank the Texas Rangers for giving me the chance to experience professional baseball again,” Wilson said. “Growing up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep post routes early in the mornings with my dad and brother is where my love of sports came from, and those memories stick with me every morning I wake up. I remember how excited I was when Texas selected me in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2013. During my two springs in Arizona with the Rangers, I was reminded just how much I love the game of baseball.
“While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today. I’ve learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to have been a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.”
It’s worth noting Wilson has yet to declare any serious interest in becoming a two-sport star. But is love for the game of baseball is evident.