Now in the Rangers defense, Russell Wilson was a pretty good baseball player at one time, and he probably could make more in the Major Leagues if things were to pan out right.
Even though football seems to working fine for Wilson, The Texas Rangers chose the Seahawks quarterback in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning, spending $12,000 to get his rights away from the Rockies organization.
They even explained the reasoning.
“From a baseball standpoint, we feel like if he ever decided he wanted to come back to play again that he’d be a guy we’d want in our system,” Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller said, via Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “The biggest thing that intrigued us on Russell from afar is the makeup, the way he goes about his business, the professionalism, the competitor, the message we try to preach throughout our organization, for us to at least have that as part of our organization.
“At the end of the day, he obviously has a lot bigger things that he’s working on right now, and we don’t want to interrupt that aspect of it. But if at some point down the road he decides he wants to do baseball again, we decided it would be a positive to have him with us.”
Not bad logic.
Rangers brass say they haven’t spoken to Wilson, and don’t expect him to walk away from football.
But just in case.