No, the Texas Rangers don’t really expect Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to chuck his football career to return to baseball.
The Rangers simply hope he’ll consent to play a minor role in their organization, such as coming to spring training to address their players.
“The makeup, the way he goes about his business,” Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller said, “to have that kind of talent be part of the organization is something we really, really like.”
Wilson became the Rangers’ property, in baseball terms, when they selected him Thursday in the Class AAA phase of the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings. He played parts of two seasons, 2010-11, at Class A in the Colorado system.
“The chance to have an association with such a player, and such a person, is a unique opportunity,” said Josh Boyd, the Rangers’ director of professional scouting.
The cost of the pick: $12,000. The next step for the Rangers is to reach out to Wilson to see whether he has any interest in playing such a role.
The Mariners discussed taking Wilson in the Class AA phase, for $4,000, but never got the opportunity. The Mariners did not take a player in any phase of the draft, which concluded the Meetings.
Wilson, 25, batted .229 but had a .354 on-base percentage as a second baseman with five homers and 26 RBIs in 93 games for Tri-City (2010) and Asheville (2011) in the Colorado system.