Russell Wilson to join Yankees at spring training Monday

Russell Wilson answers questions a day after the last game of the season in the Seahawks locker room as other players clean out their lockers

Yankees camp will get even more star power on Monday, with Russell Wilson saying he'll be in Tampa.

The 29-year-old was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010, played a bit in the low minors, and since being traded from the Rockies to the Texas Rangers, now technically is a member of the Yankees after a trade to NY from the Rangers earlier in the month. He will be assigned to Double-A Trenton. Texas selected him in the 2013 rule 5 draft after he had emerged as a star National Football League quarterback. Wilson attended the Rangers' spring training in 2014 and 2015, so this experience won't be totally new to him.

After the Yankees acquired Wilson from Texas for future considerations, general manager Brian Cashman said the team was looking forward to learning from an "extraordinary athlete" at the pinnacle of his profession. He speaks to some off the Yankees' players directly. "He's developed a reputation of being a tremendous leader". In six seasons, that include four Pro Bowl selections, he has a career record of 65-30-1.

"I'm excited", Aaron Boone said. "We're talking about a high-caliber guy, a guy that's won at the highest level. I believe he's just as excited to be here as we are to have him". (Gianacarlo) Stanton, I'm coming for you, too.


Asked what he could take away from Wilson, Drury replied: "The guy's a victor, so whether it's baseball or off the field stuff, just even mental stuff, you can pick a guy's brain like that". "To pick a guy's brain like that, I know he's really smart". I know he loves baseball.

Wilson's father, Harrison Wilson III, was a lifelong Yankees fan who died in 2010 from complications related to diabetes.

Wilson will be assigned to Class AA Trenton.

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