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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

The New York Yankees Wednesday announced that they have acquired infielder Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

Wilson, 29, led the Seattle Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship, defeating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. At age 25, Wilson became the third-youngest quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

He has played the past six seasons (2012-17) with Seattle. A four-time Pro-Bowler, Wilson has completed 1,815-of-2,834 pass attempts (64.0 percent) for 22,176 yards and 161 touchdowns. He has compiled a career starting record of 65-30-1. In 2017, Wilson led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes.

"We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. "This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession. 

"After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."

The Richmond, Va., native was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and was acquired by Texas in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. In 2014 and '15, Wilson participated in team workouts at Rangers spring training camp.

In 93 career minor league games between Rookie-level Tri-City (2010) and Single-A Asheville (2011) in Colorado's system, Wilson hit .229/.354/.356 (72-for-315) with 58R, 9 doubles, 8 triples, 5HR, 26RBI and 19SB. In his last 15 games with Asheville in 2011, Wilson hit .302 (16-for-53) with 13R, 5 extra-base hits, 9RBI and 5SB.

A two-sport athlete in college, Wilson graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010. Using his last year of amateur eligibility, Wilson enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and quarterbacked the Badgers to a co-Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance following the 2011 season. 

Wilson is expected to be in Major League camp in March. While he is in Tampa, Wilson will participate in pregame workouts with the club and watch games from the Yankees' dugout.

He will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster.

Yankees media services

Former A's owner Ken Hofmann passes away at 95

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Former A's owner Ken Hofmann passes away at 95

Ken Hofmann, who owned the A's for 10 years, passed away on Sunday night. He was 95.

Oakland native Hofmann purchased the Athletics franchise with partner Steve Schott on November 1, 1995, and ran the franchise through the 2005 season. Under his ownership, the Athletics won three American League West Division titles (2000, 2002, 2003) and made the playoffs four times (2000-2003). During that four-year postseason stretch, the A’s won the second-most games in Major League baseball with 392, an average of 98 wins per season. During his 10 seasons with the club, Oakland won the 3rd-most games in the American League and the 7th-most games in Major League Baseball.

A's president Dave Kaval issued the following statement:

“The Oakland A’s are deeply saddened by the news of Ken Hofmann’s passing. He will be remembered for his commitment to our community and his passion for the A’s. His contributions to our organization are still felt today. We extend our condolences to the Hofmann family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time."

The Oakland A's media services contributed to this report.

No-hitter earns Sean Manaea AL co-Player of the Week honors

No-hitter earns Sean Manaea AL co-Player of the Week honors

The end of last week was pretty good for Sean Manaea and the new week got off to a decent start for the A's left-hander.

Two days after no-hitting the MLB-best Red Sox, Manaea was named American League co-Player of the Week along with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

It's the first Player of the Week honor for the 26-year-old Manaea.

Manaea threw the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's franchise history and the first since Dallas Braden in 2010. Manaea struck out 10 and walked two batters in the effort. His defense committed one error along the way.

Manaea is having a stellar start to the 2018 season. In 36.2 innings pitched, he allowed just 16 hits, five earned runs (1.23 ERA) and struck out 30 batters.

What exactly did Machado do last week to keep Manaea from winning the award outright? He went 11 for 22 with two doubles, five home runs, seven runs scored and eight RBI.