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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees


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

Giants complete Sam Dyson trade with Rangers five months later


Giants complete Sam Dyson trade with Rangers five months later

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Sam Dyson trade was one of the few decisions the Giants made in 2017 that ended up being a clear success. On Wednesday, they finalized the terms of that trade. 

The Giants sent minor league outfielder Hunter Cole to the Texas Rangers as the player to be named later in the trade. Dyson was originally acquired in June after being designated for assignment. 

Cole, 25, played 83 games for Double-A Richmond last season, hitting .249 with seven homers and 20 doubles. Overall, he hit .275 in four seasons in the Giants minor league system. He was a 26th-round pick in 2014 and at this point he was not considered much of a prospect, or particularly likely to reach San Francisco. 

Dyson had a 4.03 ERA with the Giants and 14 saves in 17 opportunities. His numbers were skewed by a few rough outings down the stretch, and the Giants anticipate that he'll go into the 2018 season as the setup man to closer Mark Melancon. 

From finding underwear to washing pants, Graveman dives into role as clubhouse attendant

Joe Stiglich

From finding underwear to washing pants, Graveman dives into role as clubhouse attendant

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rather than sit around through four days of inactivity, Kendall Graveman put himself to work in a lighthearted way this weekend.

The A’s right-hander has spent the past two days helping out the clubhouse staff that services the visiting team at Globe Life Park. Dressed in a blue polo and black shorts, just like all the other clubbies before Saturday night’s game against the Rangers, Graveman did everything from serve Liam Hendriks his quesadilla to finding a pair of lost underwear.

What inspired such a maneuver? Graveman made his final start Wednesday at the Coliseum, so there’s not a whole lot on his to-do list during this season-ending four-game road series.

“They were down a guy (on the clubhouse staff),” Graveman said. “I obviously don’t have much going on. A lot of the things they do goes unnoticed, from washing dishes, to laundry, to finding lost items.

“Obviously, it’s a little bit comical on my end. But these guys do a lot. Without the clubbies around the league, things wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do. … They’re here two hours after we leave and they’re here before we show up, getting everything ready.”

Graveman is one of the more humble and down-to-earth big leaguers around. Dressed for the part, Graveman meshed right in as he walked through the clubhouse sincerely looking for things to do. He even posed for a picture with all the other visiting clubhouse attendants. And his gesture to help out, though lighthearted, was much appreciated.

“I love it. It shows what kind of guy he is,” said Kelly Terrell, the Rangers’ visiting clubhouse manager. He’s always been good to us.”

One of Graveman’s more serious chores: Washing a pair of pants for first base coach Mike Aldrete after he spilled something on them.

“You don’t see it very often,” Hendriks said of Graveman making like a clubbie. “But he does off-the-wall things — randomly.”

Manager Bob Melvin raised one concern over the new duties of his No. 1 starter.

“I hope it’s not one extra guy I have to tip.”