The Texas Rangers traded perhaps their biggest superstar to the New Yankees yesterday, but it won’t affect either regular season roster this season. You see, they sent the rights to Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to the Bronx Bombers in exchange for the always mysterious “future considerations.”
Wilson, a four-time NFL Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ is expected to appear at the Yankees’ Grapefruit League camp in Tampa, Florida, sometime in February or March, but not expected to don the pinstripes anytime soon in a regular season game, as Deion Sanders did in the 1989 and ’90 seasons.
It has however, been a long-time dream of Wilson’s to be a part of the Yankees organization, and Rangers GM Jon Daniels facilitated the request. Wilson is expected to appear at the Yankees’ Grapefruit League camp in Tampa, Florida, sometime in February or March.
“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.”