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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

Maxwell speaks about anthem protest, but stays mum on legal issues

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Maxwell speaks about anthem protest, but stays mum on legal issues

When A's catcher Bruce Maxwell knelt during the anthem last season, he was the first MLB player to do so. He knelt before each of each of Oakland's final nine games, in order to protest racial inequality and in response to President Trump's incendiary comments about NFL players kneeling, but ended the season as the only MLB player to kneel during the anthem. 

This season, he won't kneel at all, he told reporters in a statement on the first day of spring training. 

“Obviously, I didn’t take that lightly,” Maxwell told the San Francisco Chronicle prior to the release of his statement.  “That was to bring awareness to a problem and the face we do see it, we do experience and we have empathy for what’s going on. This year I don’t plan on kneeling. … And we’ll move on forward.”

While Maxwell did address his protest during the anthem, he largely did not address his offseason legal issues.

“It’s ongoing, I can’t really discuss details,” he said. “It’s something me and my lawyers are handling.”

On Oct. 28, Maxwell was arrested in Scottsdale after allegedly pointing a gun at a food-delivery person. He pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct in November, and is set for a settlement conference on April 13 after failing to reach a plea agreement on Monday, according to the Chronicle. 

If an agreement cannot be reached, Maxwell's trial is set to begin on Aug. 9. 

Brandon Moss explains why he's apprehensive about re-joining A's

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Brandon Moss explains why he's apprehensive about re-joining A's

The A's added 22 home runs and 50 RBI to their lineup when they brought back veteran Brandon Moss on Monday.

But while Moss had three productive seasons with the A's from 2012 through 2014, his role with the 2018 A's ballclub is unclear.

Moss spent most of the 2017 season serving as Kansas City's designated hitter, but Khris Davis, coming off back-to-back 40+ homer seasons, is entrenched as the A's DH.

As for first base, Matt Olson has that on lockdown after he broke out with 24 home runs last season. And the A's have a plethora of outfield options.

So where does the 34-year-old Moss fit? He was wondering the same thing when he appeared on MLB Network on Wednesday morning.

"Obviously, I'm excited about it. I'm a little apprehensive. I don't know how it's going to play out. I'm just going to go to spring training and hope that it works out and hope that there is a spot. That's all you can really do as a player," Moss said on Hot Stove.

Moss wasn't buying it when host and former major leaguer Harold Reynolds suggested that Moss is already penciled into the middle of the A's lineup.

"I don't see how that's possible. They got a lot of guys that do exactly what I do over there. I hope it works out because I absolutely love Oakland. All my best memories are in Oakland. Obviously, I love Kansas City, it was a beautiful ballpark, I love my teammates, made some really good friends there, but Oakland is definitely a place that suits me well," Moss said. "I can only control what I can control. I'm gonna go out and try to have a good spring training and at least make their decision difficult."

Moss is slated to make $7.25 million in 2018 with the Royals picking up $3.25 million. He has a $10 million mutual option for the 2019 season with a $1 million buyout.