Yes, you read that correctly. The New York Yankees have their franchise quarterback now, as they traded future considerations to the Texas Rangers for Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
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.
– Official statement from Russell Wilson.
Wilson was drafted with the fifth pick in the 41st round of the 2007 draft by the Baltimore Orioles, but opted to attend North Carolina State for football and baseball. In 2010, the Colorado Rockies selected Wilson 140th overall. In 93 MiLB games, Wilson slashed .229/.354/.356 with five home runs between Low-A and High-A in the Rockies organization. He did not attend Spring Training in 2012 because he was drafted 75th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
“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,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
The QB spent the last few years around the Texas Rangers, who had selected him in the 2013 Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. He attended their Spring Training camp in Surprise, Arizona, prior to the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Per a report from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Wilson will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
Wilson is a four-time Pro Bowler at QB, and led the Seahawks to a 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Since his debut in 2012, Wilson has thrown for 22,176 yards and 161 touchdowns, and has a 98.8 quarterback rating. In 2017, he led the Seahawks to a 9-7 record, though his team did miss the playoffs. He was extended by the Seahawks in 2015, signing a four-year, $87.6 million deal.