Russell Wilson has been traded… to the New York Yankees. The Texas Rangers shipped the 29-year-old second baseman – and Super Bowl winning quarterback – to the Bombers for future considerations. Even though Wilson hasn’t played professionally since 2011, the Rangers still retained his rights.
Thank you Texas…Hello New York.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 7, 2018
According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Wilson has no current plans to become a dual-sport professional like, but has always dreamed of playing in pinstripes. Wilson has previously said he never wants to completely rule out the possibility.
Wilson released a statement via his Twitter account thanking the Rangers for pulling off the deal:
“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.”
Wilson’s only pro game action came in a brief stint in the Rockies farm system in 2010-2011 when he hit .228 with 5 home runs in rookie ball. He has showed up to Rangers Spring Training to take batting practice and infield. This is a PR move if anything, but it’s a good one.
Here’s Danger Russ in action in 2015 with the Rangers hitting a BP bomb:
This is video of Russell Wilson’s first homer in BP. pic.twitter.com/Z1VI31qdDE
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 28, 2015
There is one clip of Wilson making a diving stop at second in rookie ball: