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The cold stove cranked up to medium today as the Yankees made another offseason splash by trading for a potential Hall of Famer. The good news for everyone who despises the Yankees: you’ll likely never see him take the field in an MLB game because it’s Russell Wilson from the Seahawks.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick on the trade with the Texas Rangers:
The Texas Rangers on Wednesday traded Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to the Yankees for future considerations. Wilson, a four-time Pro Bowler, is expected to appear at the Yankees’ Grapefruit League camp in Tampa, Florida, sometime in February or March.
He has long expressed a desire to play for the Yankees, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his New York counterpart, Brian Cashman, have spent several weeks working to accommodate his wishes, a source told ESPN.
Wilson released the following statement (via Traceme):
I want to personally thank the Texas Rangers and Jon 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.
Wilson last played minor league baseball in 2011 when he hit .228 and slugged three home runs for the Ashville Tourists. He has five career minor league home runs in 379 plate appearances. For comparison’s sake, Tim Tebow has hit eight home runs in 486 at bats.