New York Yankees acquire QB Russell Wilson from Rangers

The New York Yankees swung a deal on Wednesday to add an All-Star -- just one from a different sport.

The Yankees acquired the rights to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations, the two MLB teams announced.The Yankees assigned Wilson to Double-A Trenton's roster.

Wilson was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB draft. He ended his short baseball career after the 2011 season to focus on becoming a quarterback in the NFL, and the Rangers acquired his rights in the 2013 Rule 5 draft.

"Always said we'd be a Yankee Pops!," Wilson said in a tweet following the announcement.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Professional football player Russell Wilson and singer Ciara arrive at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
US football quarterback Russell Wilson and US singer Ciara Princess Wilson pose upon their arrival for the 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. / AFP / TIBRINA HOBSON (Photo credit should read TIBRINA HOBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft, recording artist Ciara, host Elton John, and NFL player Russell Wilson attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 12: NFL Player Russell Wilson (L) and Musician Ciara attend Warner Music Group's Annual GRAMMY Celebration at Milk Studios on February 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara attend Vanity Fair and Genesis Celebrate 'Hidden Figures' on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Ciara and NFL player Russell Wilson attend The 2017 MAKERS Conference Day 3 at Terranea Resort on February 8, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for AOL)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 14: Football player Russell Wilson and recording artist Ciara attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/KCSports2016/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 14: Recording artist Ciara and football player Russell Wilson attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/KCSports2016/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and recording artist Ciara attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Ciara and Russell Wilson at the Regents Street Burberry store on July 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Seattle Seahawk, Russell Wilson and Singer, Ciara pose for a photo before the 2016 NBA Finals Game Seven between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Bruce Yeung/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: NFL player Russell Wilson and singer/co-host Ciara attend the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BBMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Ciara (R) and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson arrive at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Ciara and Russell Wilson are seen arriving at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Russell Wilson and Ciara attend Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards Private Dinner Hosted By Eva Chow And Carine Roitfeld at Mr Chow on March 20, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 19: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and Ciara attend the season grand opening of the Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on March 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
US American football quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson (L) and his gilfriend US singer Ciara (R) attend the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Montpellier (MHSC) on March 5, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and recording artist Ciara attend the GRAMMY Charities Signings backstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Ciara and Russell Wilson are seen leaving the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Ciara and Russell Wilson attend the Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 08: Taylor Swift, Russell Wilson and Ciara perform at CenturyLink Field on August 8, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NFL player Russell Wilson and singer Ciara arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara arrive at the The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks and Ciara Harris arrive for the State dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe And Akie Abe April 28, 2015 at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Yankees GM Brian Cashman have been working for weeks to accommodate Wilson's desire to be a Yankee, according to a report from ESPN.

"We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Cashman said in a statement. "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."

Wilson is expected to appear at the Yankees' major league spring training camp in Tampa, Fla., sometime in March, but has no plans to try his hand at being a two-sport athlete similar to Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders, according to ESPN.

Instead, he'll participate in pregame workouts with the club and watch games from the Yankees' dugout.

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FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the Boston Red Sox waits for his turn in the batting cage during spring training workouts on February 22, 2017 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Colorado Rockies run through conditioning before their workout during Spring Training February 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Washington Nationals second baseman Wilmer Difo (1) stretches out during morning workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fl on February 21, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Texas Rangers first baseman Josh Hamilton plays catch during spring training in Surprise, Ariz., on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 21: Michael Kopech #78 pitches during spring training workouts on February 19, 2017 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Blake Swihart #23, Sandy Leon #3, Christian Vazquez #7; Jake DePew #77; Dan Butler #70, and Jordan Procyshen #80 of the Boston Red Sox look on during a team workout on February 21, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Colorado Rockies Spring Training February 20, 2017 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) takes batting practice at Rangers spring training on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 in Surprise, Ariz. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during a team workout on February 20, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) talks with his teammates during the first official workout for position players at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fl on February 19, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez photo bombs a Big Three portrait of Boston Red Sox starting pitchers Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price during Picture Day on day seven of Red Sox Spring Training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL on Feb. 19, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 19: Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox hits in the batting cage during spring training workouts on February 19, 2017 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers looks on and smiles during Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown complex on February 18, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Houston Astros Pitcher Mike Fiers (54) throws the ball during a Houston Astros spring training workout at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 18, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Houston Astros Manager A.J. Hinch (14) speaks with media during a Houston Astros spring training workout at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 18, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL- FEBRUARY 18: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox gets a hug from his son Cole, 4, during a break in practice on February 18, 2017 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) gets ready to take ground balls and batting practice at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fl on February 17, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox catches a fly ball during a team workout on February 18, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Shane Greene #61 (R) of the Detroit Tigers talks with teammates on the pitchers mound during Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown complex on February 16, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The signing of Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli Rangers was announced on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at spring training in Surprise, Ariz. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 15: A general view of the field from inside an empty batting cage during the Detroit Tigers Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown complex on February 15, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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Wilson released a statement thanking the Rangers for his time in the organization.

"I want to personally thank the Texas Rangers for giving me the chance to experience professional baseball again," Wilson said. "Growing up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep post routes early in the mornings with my dad and brother is where my love of sports came from, and those memories stick with me every morning I wake up. I remember how excited I was when Texas selected me in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2013. During my two springs in Arizona with the Rangers, I was reminded just how much I love the game of baseball.

"While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today. I've learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to have been a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers."

Wilson, 29, is coming off his fourth Pro Bowl season in the NFL. He led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship in 2014.

Wilson hit .229 with five home runs, 19 stolen bases and 26 RBIs in the two seasons he took the field as a Rockies minor leaguer. He is listed as a second baseman by MLB.com.

--Field Level Media

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