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Russell Wilson's baseball rights traded to the New York Yankees


SEATTLE -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded...to the New York Yankees.

It's OK, 12s. His football status is unchanged -- he's still a Seattle Seahawk. It's his baseball rights that have been traded.

But you might remember Wilson also dabbled in baseball earlier in his career, and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 baseball draft.

He played in the minors for two years before leaving baseball to be the starting quarterback at the University of Wisconsin. You might have heard, his football career has since taken off from there and his baseball career has been on the back burner.

In 2013, the Texas Rangers selected Wilson's rights in the AAA baseball draft and had him visit their following two spring training sessions to share his life and sports experiences with the Rangers ballplayers.

Wednesday, he was traded to the Yankees for "future considerations" ESPN reported. ESPN reports Wilson had always wanted to play for the Yankees.

"Thank you Texas...Hello New York. Always said we’d be a Yankee Pops!" Wilson Tweeted Wednesday.

In a statement posted to Wilson's Traceme.com account, he thanked the Rangers for drafting him and giving him a chance to experience professional baseball again.

"Growing up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep post routes in football early in the mornings at 6 am with my dad and brother is where my love of sports came from and those memories stick with me every morning I wake up," Wilson wrote. "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 be a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers."
Russell Wilson

ESPN reports Rangers GM Jon Daniels and Yankees GM Brian Cashman have been working on the deal for weeks and Wilson is expected to appear at the Yankees' Grapefruit League camp in Tampa, Florida, sometime in February or March.

Mariners' rival the Oakland A's figure this is a trend and might want to do all Beast Mode.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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