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.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.