Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the New York Yankees have acquired Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers for future considerations.
Yes, that Russell Wilson. He may be the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback, but he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and was later claimed by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. Wilson played close to 100 games in Colorado’s minor league system in 2010-2011, but since then he has mostly just showed up to Rangers spring training for the yuks and the PR. Now he’ll show up to Yankees spring training in Tampa for the same reason.
Why pick him up? I dunno. Maybe so the Mets could no longer claim they had the best-quarterback-turned-pretend-baseball-player in New York? Maybe to — quite credibly — claim they have the best quarterback in New York, period?
Anyway, enjoy Tampa this spring, Russell.
The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.
Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.
Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.