For the cost of $12,000, the Texas Rangers get the rights to Russell Wilson just in case he gets bored of playing football and wants to go play second base in the Rangers farm system. In the Rule 5 draft, the Rangers picked Wilson from the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies had picked Wilson in the fourth round of the 2010 draft when Wilson was playing both football and baseball while he attended N.C. State. He spent parts of two seasons in Class-A ball, hitting .229 with five homers, 26 RBI, and 19 SB in 379 plate appearances. The Baltimore Orioles had selected Wilson in the 2007 draft when he initially graduated high school.
Whether this is just a publicity grab or more, the Rangers paid the Rockies $12,000 and are able to claim that he is sort of a Ranger and he can do some motivational speaking for them. In the mean time, Wilson is currently leading the NFC best Seattle Seahawks as they go on the road to play the New York Giants, hoping to lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which incidentally will take place in Giants Stadium. Still, if Wilson gets tired of being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, he can go hit a few dingers for the Rangers A affiliate.