Yes, you read that right!
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) February 7, 2018
Those familiar with Wilson are aware of his dual-athlete abilities. He was the 140th pick overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 MLB draft, hitting .229 in A-ball across 2010-11. He was then traded to the Texas Rangers in late 2013. In 2014 and 2015, he participated in Spring Training workouts at Rangers camp as a second baseman.
CC Sabathia, Wilson’s new teammate, was pretty excited to hear the news:
About to win the next World Series and Super Bowl 🤣🤣 https://t.co/sJBMRUhFka
— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) February 7, 2018
Wilson, 29, has been the quarterback of the Seahawks since his rookie season in 2012. He’s started all 96 regular season games since then, has been a four-time Pro Bowler, and he led the Seahawks to a 43-8 crushing of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sees the addition of Wilson as positive.
“We’ve admired Russell’s career from afar for quite some time. This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession.
“After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season.”
According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Wilson will be assigned to the Yankees’ double-A Trenton Thunder roster.