The most famous Rule 5 draftee in baseball is due back for another cameo with the Texas Rangers the last week of this month.
The Rangers have announced Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will workout with Texas for the second consecutive year at its spring-training camp in Surprise, Arizona, on March 28. The plan is the same as last year: the two-time Super Bowl quarterback, a minor-league second baseman at the low Class-A level during his college years at North Carolina State, is scheduled to go through infield drills with the Rangers in the morning, speak to their minor-league players and then be in a Rangers uniform in the dugout for that afternoon's Cactus League exhibition game between Texas and San Diego.
He isn't scheduled to face live pitching or play in the game. That's to decrease the chances of an injury that wouldn't exactly endear him to his Seahawks employers.
The Rangers are calling Wilson's visit in three weeks "a big deal."
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“He’s done something all our players aspire to do,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News in Arizona, for this story on the announcement. “He’s won a world championship. When you can bring in a world class-caliber athlete like that, it is a big deal.”
We're planning on having Phoenix-area journalist Jourdan Rodrigue (you remember her here on the blog, don't you?) cover Wilson's day with the Rangers for The News Tribune, part of her continuing efforts to eventually steal my job.
The Seahawks and Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers (Wilson's original baseball representative whom the quarterback recently chose to handle his football contracts, too), are in negotiations on a new deal Wilson's rookie contract with Seattle as its third-round draft choice in 2012 is due to pay him $799,000 this year then end after the coming season. He is due a mega deal befitting the QB with the most wins in the first three seasons of any NFL career and the only one to start two Super B0wls in his first three seasons.