Alex Rodriguez is a profesional baseball player
for the Texas Rangers
. During the off-season
between the 2000
seasons, he became baseball
's highest paid player
, at $252 million dollars
over 10 years
. The Rangers
will pay him $21 million
from 2001 through 2004, $25 million
in 2005 and 2006, and then $27 million
per for the remaining four season
s. The deal has been met with everything from glee
) to disgust
. $252 million dollar
s could purchase an entire team
. In fact, the Texas Rangers
themselves were bought for $250 million
only a few years before.
Alex Rodriguez was able to command a $252 million dollar price tag because of his youth, he was only 25 at the time of the signing, and his amazing talent, both on offence and defence. In 2000 he hit .316 with 41 home runs and only committed 10 errors despite playing shortstop, one of the most difficult positions in baseball. Rodriguez apparently choose to play in Texas because of the amount of money they were offering him, the large Latino population in Texas, and he believed that Texas had a shot at the World Series.
Before signing with Texas, Rodriguez said his number one concern was playing for a contender. However, the Texas Rangers have never advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs and last year finished last in its division, which included the Seattle Mariners, the team Rodriguez left. The 2001 baseball season should be really interesting in the AL West.