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Rangers trade Russell Wilson to Yankees

Russell Wilson made an annual appearance at the Rangers' spring training. (AP)

Russell Wilson has been traded … to the Yankees.

The Texas Rangers – who acquired the Seahawks quarterback’s rights in the Rule 5 Draft in 2013 – announced Wednesday a trade of Wilson to the New York Yankees for future considerations.

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Wilson has made clear his intention of putting his football career first, though he has maintained a love of baseball and made regular appearances at the Rangers’ spring training practices. He’s also credited his baseball background for some of his success with Seattle.

Wilson was a two-sport athlete while in college, playing with the North Carolina State baseball team from 2008-10. In 2010, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and played 32 games as a second basemen with one of their minor league affiliates, the Tri-City Dust Devils. The following year, he played 61 games with the Asheville Tourists, another Rockies farm team.

Wilson Tweeted his reaction not long after the trade was announced.

Thank you Texas… Hello New York.

“Always said we’d be a Yankee Pops!” @MLB

@DangeRussWilson