The Yankees acquired another star player this offseason, but his claim to fame comes on the gridiron.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who was in the Texas Rangers organization, was traded to the Yankees for future considerations on Wednesday, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Wilson has always wanted to play for the Yankees, and both GMs made that dream possible.
The 29-year-old issued a statement after the announcement was made to express his gratitude to the Rangers for keeping his baseball dream alive.
"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."
The last time Wilson made baseball his No. 1 priority was in 2010 and 2011, after the Rockies took him in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB first-year player draft. He was a .228 hitter with five homers in those two seasons.
The Rangers would acquire Wilson in the 2013 Rule 5 draft, and he would make appearances at their Spring Training camp in Arizona in 2014 and 2015. Though he is making a good living as the Seahawks' franchise quarterback, Wilson did say back in 2015 that becoming a two-sport athlete isn't completely off the table.
"I never want to kill the dream of playing two sports," he told HBO's "Real Sports" in a 2015 interview.
Wilson is expected to travel to the Yankees' Spring Training camp in Tampa, FL sometime between February and March to join the team. While there, he will participate in pregame workouts and watch games from the dugout, per The Athletic's Marc Carig.