Russell Wilson has been traded.
Okay, now that that first sentence has you hooked, let us explain. The Seattle Seahawks did not deal their franchise quarterback and presumably have no plans to do so.
However, the Texas Rangers still owned Wilson’s MLB rights entering today. The Rangers selected him in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2013, and he made one-day appearances at spring training in 2014 and 2015.
Before the Rangers claimed him, Wilson played two seasons as a second baseman in the Colorado Rockies’ system. The Rockies selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of NC State.
Today, the New York Yankees traded for Wilson in exchange for future considerations. He is expected to show up at Yankees’ spring training sometime this month or next.
According to ESPN, Wilson has wanted to play for the Yankees, and the Rangers and Yankees have been trying to work out a deal for some time.
However, Wilson has no intention of pursuing a two-sport career, so his Yankee tenure will consist of a cameo appearance or two.
Wilson expressed his gratitude to the Rangers in a statement this afternoon.
I want to personally thank the Texas Rangers and John Daniels for drafting me and giving me the chance to experience professional baseball again. Growing up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep post routes in football early in the mornings at 6 am with my dad and brother is where my love of sports came from and those memories stick with me every morning I wake up. During my two springs with the Rangers, I was reminded just how much I love the game.
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 be a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.
The 29-year-old Wilson is coming off a strong year with Seattle. He threw for 3,983 yards and led the league with 34 touchdown passes.
Wilson was also selected for his fourth Pro Bowl.