Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, was selected by the Texas Rangers in December’s Rule 5 Draft and there’s been talk of him making an appearance this spring in camp. But if the Super Bowl XLVIII champion suits up in a Texas uniform it will only be for photo opportunities.
Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers told Jon Morosi of FOX Sports on Tuesday that his client has “no plans to actively participate in Rangers spring training.”
Wilson might show up in Surprise, Arizona to sign autographs and chat with the club’s minor league players, but he’ll merely be an honored guest.
The 25-year-old played baseball in college at NC State and spent two summers in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system, but his gaze has always been on pro football and it’d be foolish to turn back now.
Wilson was a .229/.354/.356 hitter in 379 career minor league plate appearances.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.