Russell Wilson shows no signs of pulling a Michael Jordan and abandoning this football thing for a chance to play baseball, but you can’t blame the Texas Rangers — those cockeyed optimists in the rose-colored glasses — for taking a shot.
The Rangers took the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft today. Wilson, a second baseman, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and, after opting to attend college, was taken in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies in 2010. In two seasons with the Rockies, he hit .229 with five home runs and 19 stolen bases.
Wilson, who also played college football at North Carolina State and Wisconsin, ended up focusing on football and was taken with the 75th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Picking Wilson costs the team only about $12,000 and maybe there’s a plan for him after all.
“We scouted him in high school and in college at N.C. State,” Rangers Assistant General Manager A.J. Preller told the Dallas Morning News. “Obviously, he’s got bigger things going on, but we liked the player and the makeup and if he ever wants to get back to baseball, we’d like to give him the chance.”
Evan Grant of the News points out that the Rangers now have the best quarterback in Arlington (oof) and adds that the Rangers forked over $12k for a speech. But they think it’s worth it.
“Everything you see and read about him, we think he’d have a positive message for all our guys,” Preller said. “The make up and the way he goes about his business, to have him part of the organization is something we really like.”