Quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded.
Relax, Seattle Seahawks fans, he’ll still be under center at CenturyLink Field.
No, the Texas Rangers have traded Wilson to the New York Yankees.
Wilson, 29, was acquired by the Rangers from the Colorado Rockies in the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft. Wilson played two seasons in the Rockies’ system after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Yankees GM Brian Cashman have spent several weeks working to accommodate Wilson’s desire to be part of the Yankees organization, a source told ESPN.
Basically, Wilson wants to live out a lifelong dream to put on a Yankees uniform during a spring training visit in March. He made similar appearances with the Rangers the past two seasons.
Wilson expressed his gratitude to the Rangers in a released statement.
“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. 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.”