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Yankees Acquire Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson

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Yes, you read that right!

The New York Yankees acquired Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for future considerations.

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:

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.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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