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Texas Rangers stockpile another quarterback with curious pick of Seahawk star Russell Wilson

Texas Rangers oddly stockpile another QB with pick of Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
The Texas Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who last played baseball in 2011, in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. Seattle Seahawks/Facebook

The Texas Rangers have made a lot of interesting moves during this offseason, but their latest may be the most curious one yet: As part of the Rule 5 draft during which teams can select players from other teams who are left unprotected, the Rangers selected Colorado Rockies infielder Russell Wilson.

Yes, THAT Russell Wilson, who, as the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, is currently the leader of one of the best teams in the NFL. Wilson last played baseball in 2011 when he was a member of the Class A Asheville Tourists in North Carolina.

One would guess that Wilson is not likely to give up his lucrative football gig to play for the Round Rock Express, the team to which the Rangers have assigned him. Rangers beat reporter Evan Grant speculates that the Rangers could invite Wilson to speak to young players during spring training, a task made easier given that they're already paying him.

Whatever the real reason for the selection, the Rangers seem to be stockpiling immensely talented quarterbacks: They also drafted Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who's the runaway pick to win this year's Heisman Trophy, in the 2012 MLB Draft. Maybe they can work out a deal with the Cowboys?