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Rangers draft Seahawks QB Wilson

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was selected by the Texas Rangers from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday in the Triple-A portion of baseball's winter meeting draft.

Wilson, who played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, will be placed on Texas' restricted list.

''At the end of the day, he obviously has a lot bigger things that he's working on right now,'' Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller said, ''and we don't want to interrupt with that aspect of it. But if at some point down the road he decides he wants to do baseball again, we felt like it would be a positive to have him with us.''

Wilson was drafted as a second baseman by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina State, where he excelled at both baseball and football. In two seasons at the Class A level he hit .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs.

In 2011, he left the Rockies for football at the University of Wisconsin. He was required to return to the Rockies a portion of his $200,000 signing bonus.

The 25-year-old Wilson was taken in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. He led Seattle to the playoffs in his rookie year and the Seahawks are 11-2 this season.

The Rangers thought the $12,000 fee they will have to pay the Rockies was worth the investment.

''You see him playing on Sunday. You here about the work ethic, the person,'' Preller said. ''I think that's going to be a positive message for all of our players in our system.''


AP freelance writer Mark Didtler contributed to this report.

The Associated Press News Service

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