Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Picked Up By Texas Rangers in Rule 5 Draft
Russell Wilson is going to be wearing a different uniform… on the baseball diamond.
No, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is not quitting football. Wilson was also a minor league player in the Colorado Rockies system until the Texas Rangers picked him up in the Rule 5 draft.
The Rule 5 draft is a draft that allows teams across the league to acquire players from another team that have been in the minors several years and are not on a major league team’s 40-man roster.
The rule was created to prevent teams from stockpiling young talent in the minors who could otherwise play on another team’s major league roster.
Each transaction costs the drafting team several thousand dollars, depending on the level the player is in, and most teams generally do not participate in the draft every year.
As part of the deal, the team drafting the minor leaguer must have that player on the 25-man roster for an entire season, with the player active for at least 90 days. Otherwise, the drafting team would have to return the player back to his original team.
Wilson last played professional baseball in 2011 for the Asheville Tourists, the A-affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The second baseman posted a .228 batting average, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs and 15 stolen bases while only caught stealing twice in 61 games.
Russell Wilson told Fox Sports 1 that he feels he could still play baseball and be good at it.
Here’s the Rockies side of the story:
And here is how Russell Wilson reacted to finding out he’s a Texas Ranger:
— NFL (@nfl) December 12, 2013