The Texas Rangers announced some moves today with their coaching and scouting staffs, as well as making a minor trade involving a football player.
On the football front, the Rangers traded Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to the New York Yankees for future considerations. Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010 and played in their system for a couple of years before focusing entirely on football — a decision which appears to have been the correct one. Texas drafted him from Colorado in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft a couple of years ago and had him come to spring training and talk a couple of times. That is presumably what he will now do with the Yankees.
On the baseball front, former Ranger reliever Eric Gagne has been named pitching coach for the Rangers' Arizona League team. Gagne was, of course, a historically dominant reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers before his career was de-railed by arm problems. The Rangers signed Gagne to be their closer for the 2007 season, and he ended up getting shipped to Boston at the trade deadline for David Murphy, Kason Gabbard and Engel Beltre. Gagne struggled with Boston, then had a disappointing 2008 season with Milwaukee in what was his final major league season, though he made a handful of appearances in Indy Ball the past three years.
In other moves, Josiah Igono has been named the team's major league director of peak performance, after having been the minor league director of peak performance the past two seasons. Brett Hayes, Randy Smith and Al Hargesheimer were added as scouts, and former Baseball Prospectus writer Andrew Koo was named an analyst.