The Associated PressARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded — from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees.
The MLB’s Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in December 2013, about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the Super Bowl.
On Wednesday, Texas traded Wilson to the Yankees for future considerations.
Wilson spent a day in uniform with the Rangers at spring training in Surprise, Ariz., in 2014 without appearing in a game, and made another cameo appearance at camp the following spring. An infielder, Wilson hit .229 in two seasons in the low minor leagues in Colorado’s system in 2010-11.
The 29-year-old Wilson is expected to be in the Yankees major league camp in March, where he will participate in pregame workouts and watch games from the Yankees dugout while in Florida.
He will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster.
“We’ve admired Russell’s career from afar for quite some time,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said.
“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.”
Wilson issued a statement thanking the Rangers for giving him the chance to experience professional baseball again.