Russell Wilson will be wearing a new Major League Baseball uniform when he shows up for 2018 spring training.
Per ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick noted Wilson isn't becoming a full-time two-sport athlete.
Wilson released a statement about his baseball career after being acquired by the Yankees:
"While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today. 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 be a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers."
Per Crasnick, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman worked out a deal to accommodate Wilson's desire to play for New York.
While Wilson doesn't intend to leave his day job as quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, baseball has been a part of his athletic life for years. He played two sports at North Carolina State from 2008-10.
The Colorado Rockies drafted Wilson in the fourth round in 2010 and he appeared in 93 games over two seasons in short-season ball and Low-A, hitting .229/.354/.356 with five home runs.
The Rangers acquired Wilson from Colorado in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft, appearing at spring training in 2014 and 2015.