SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On Monday morning, the Rangers will welcome one of their more talked about offseason acquisitions to Major League camp. He's got a cannon for an arm, he's got shifty speed, and he's got all the intangibles it takes to win a championship at the highest level.
He's Russell Wilson -- yes, that Russell Wilson, the Super Bowl champion quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. And he'll be in uniform for the Rangers' Cactus League contest against the Indians on Monday, although he won't see any game action.
The Rangers acquired Wilson from the Rockies in the Triple-A edition of the Rule 5 Draft in December. Wilson, a two-sport star, played two years as a Minor League infielder in the Rockies' system, where he hit .229 in 315 at-bats.
Wilson's baseball career wasn't all struggles, however. He was both a speed and on-base threat, swiping 15 bags in 61 games for Class A Asheville in 2011. He also posted an on-base percentage of .366 that year, despite hitting just .228.
The plan is for Wilson to participate in the Rangers' workout on Monday morning. He'll then be in uniform for the game.
"The guy has had a lot of success, and he has a championship attitude," Rangers manager Ron Washington said earlier this week. "We're going to give him a chance to talk to our young kids and see what happens. Maybe [shortstop Elvis Andrus] and some of those young guys can hang with him and see what he has to offer."