Report: Here's Why Yankees Acquired Seattle Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson is a Yankee. No, you didn't read that wrong. The Yankees acquired the Seahawks' QB from the Texas Rangers for future considerations.
Wilson had previously participated in workouts as a second baseman for the Rangers and will be invited the Yankees' camp in March for Spring Training.
"We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession." Cashman also added, "After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."
On Twitter, C.C. Sabathia created some excitement when tweeting, "About to win the next World Series and Super Bowl."
Wilson released a statement which in part read, "The reason this is so special to me is that I used to always tell my dad I always wanted to be a Yankee." Wilson's father passed away in 2010. "I said to him, 'Someday, Dad, I will be a Yankee.' And so now that dream has come true -- a little bit. My main, No. 1 focus is winning Super Bowls and winning football games. But the reality is that baseball has always been a major part of my life, and I couldn't be happier to be keeping that alive with the Yankees."
Wilson will be assigned to Double-A Trenton. While he is in Tampa for Spring Training, he will participate in pre-game workouts and will watch games from the dugout.