It's been an unusually slow offseason in baseball.
But here's a big name baseball deal that nobody saw coming.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has been traded to the New York Yankees for future considerations. Apparently, they've been working on the deal for some time.
[Wilson] has long expressed a desire to play for the Yankees, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his New York counterpart, Brian Cashman, have spent several weeks working to accommodate his wishes, a source told ESPN.
Wilson played minor league ball in 2010 and 2011 while he was also playing college football. He had been the property of the Rangers since 2013.
Wilson isn't expected to ditch his pads for the diamond. But he will be joining the Yankees 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.
“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.”
This also seems like a unique opportunity to sell some Yankees jerseys with Wilson's name on them.