troubleshooting Question

Cast VARCHAR as INT keeping NULLs and setting text value to number

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Good morning,

I'm creating an int field from a varchar field in a staging table in SQL Server 2012.  

The field contains NULL values, positive and negative integers, and the text value "Unknown".

I would like to create a new int field and update it with the numeric values, set the text value of "Unknown" to 88888 and keep the NULL values as NULL.

I "tried" TRY_CAST but I really need the text "Unknown" set to the 88888 value because in this instance "Unknown" has a different meaning than NULL.  

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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