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Agent: Seahawks' Wilson to attend spring training with Texas Rangers

Agent: Seahawks' Wilson to attend spring training with Texas Rangers
Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson holds the Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson may be a Super Bowl champion, but that doesn’t mean he’s planning on taking time to relax during the offseason.

According to his agent Mark Rodgers, Wilson will, in fact, report to Arizona for the start of spring training with the Texas Rangers, as reported by Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi.

Wilson has a long history as a dual-sport athlete, having been taken in the 41st round of the Major Leauge Baseball amateur draft by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He played for the Rockies’ Single-A affiliates as a second-baseman, accumulating a .229 batting average and 5 home runs in 93 games before concentrating on football, but in December Wilson was selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft.

Wilson’s presence at spring training seems to be a motivational tactic by the Rangers front office as much as anything, the idea being that he can use his winning pedigree and leadership skills to help influence and mentor the young minor leaguers in the Rangers’ farm system.

This is not to understate the quarterbacks’ skill on the diamond, however. While the .229 average is underwhelming at first glance, Wilson showed good plate discipline and speed on the base paths. He notched a respectable .354 on-base percentage, 51 walks and 19 stolen bases over his period in the minors.
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