Russell Wilson drafted by Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers sure are wishful thinkers.

The Major League Baseball club selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, as if he wasn't preoccupied with a different sport.

However, according to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, it does appear that Wilson is at least listening to what the Rangers have to say. Daniels told ESPN Dallas that Wilson is open to working out with the Rangers during spring training.

"We talk to our scouts about the makeup we want of our players and the work ethic it takes to win, and Russell Wilson has been an example of that," Daniels told ESPN Dallas. "He has off-the-charts character and focus.

"We want to be respectful of where he's at right now. I got a chance to talk to him, and he was excited. We wanted to welcome him to the organization and told him, 'Don't be insulted if you don't hear from us again until you're done playing because we don't want to get in the way of what you've got going on.'"

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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