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Russell Wilson headed to Yankees camp in Tampa following trade

By Michael Sherman
Published: February 7, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) meet at midfield following a game at Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 27, 2016. [Times file (2016)]

As if the Yankees' spring training in Tampa wasn't already going to be eventful enough, New York on Wednesday traded for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

That is not a typo.

Wilson is expected to appear at the Yankees' camp sometime in February or March. According to ESPN, Wilson has long expressed a desire to play for the Yankees.

Thank you Texas...Hello New York.

Always said we’d be a Yankee Pops! #MLB @Yankees

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 7, 2018

The Yankees made the biggest news of the baseball offseason by trading for National League MVP and major league home run champion Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 homers. After pairing Stanton with AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, who led the AL with 52 homers, the Yankees announced they will open the gates three hours before spring training home games at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa so that fans can watch the duo take batting practice.

As for Wilson, the Yankees said he will be assigned to Double-A Trenton.

"While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today," Wilson said. "I've learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to have been a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers."

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