Yankees acquire Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in trade with Rangers

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (Getty Photographs)

As if buying Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t sufficient, the Yankees have added one other star to their roster.

The Rangers on Wednesday traded Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to the Yankees for future issues.

Wilson, who is predicted to seem on the group’s Grapefruit League camp in Tampa later this month, took to Twitter to share the news and thank the Rangers for giving him the chance to play.

“I need to personally thank the Texas Rangers and (GM) Jon Daniels for drafting me and giving me the prospect to expertise skilled baseball once more,” Wilson stated in a press release. “Rising up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep publish routes in soccer early in the mornings at 6 am with my dad and brother is the place my love of sports got here from and people reminiscences stick with me each morning I get up. Throughout my two springs with the Rangers, I used to be reminded simply how a lot I really like the sport.

“Whereas soccer is my ardour and my livelihood, baseball stays an enormous a part of the place I got here from and who I’m today. I’ve discovered a lot on the baseball subject that interprets to my recreation bodily and mentally enjoying Quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their nice followers for making me really feel at residence and part of the household! Whereas I embrace the prospect to be a New York Yankee, I’ll perpetually be grateful to be part of a world class group just like the Texas Rangers.”

Yankees basic supervisor Brian Cashman described the transfer as a “distinctive alternative for us to study from a unprecedented athlete.”

“We have admired Russell’s profession from afar for fairly a while,” Cashman stated in a press release. “After speaking to quite a lot of our gamers, there’s a real pleasure in having Russell be a part of us for a short while in camp. We’re all wanting ahead to gaining perception into how he leads teammates towards a standard objective, prepares each day for the trials of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season.”

Wilson, a  Tremendous Bowl champion and 4-time Professional Bowl participant, hit .228 with 5 house runs in 315 minor league at-bats through the 2010 and ‘eleven seasons.

The Yankees open spring coaching play beneath new supervisor Aaron Boone towards the Tigers on Feb. 23.