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Texas Rangers select Russell Wilson in minor league phase of Rule 5 draft

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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson being drafted by Texas was the Rangers' highlight from the Rule 5 draft

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Russell Wilson, QB of the Seattle Seahawks, was selected by the Texas Rangers in the minor league portion in the Rule 5 draft, but otherwise, the Rule 5 draft was uneventful for the Rangers.

The Rangers didn't select anyone in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft, nor did they lose anyone.

In the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft, the Rangers picked Wilson from the Colorado Rockies, and lost minor league pitcher Richard Bleier and minor league infielder Greg Miclat.

Unlike in the major league portion of the draft, players selected in the minor league portion of the draft do not have to be in the majors or serve any sort of service time requirements.  Generally speaking, players who are exposed in the minor league portion are organizational depth guys.

The Rangers will retain Wilson's rights, should he ever decide to return to baseball, but reports on Twitter indicate the Rangers primarily like his makeup and work ethic and want him to come talk to their minor leaguers at some point this spring.  This is not, it appears, part of a plan to get him to actually play baseball for Texas.

And, of course, this provides me with an excuse to post this gif, of Wilson and his wife from the night he was drafted by the Seahawks:

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