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Alex Rodriguez being introduced as a Ranger in 2001.
Length: 10 years
Amount: $252 million
Duration: 2001-2010 (Opted out after 2007 season)
Age at Signing: 25
Age at Conclusion: 35 (31 due to opting out)
Average Per Year: $25.2 million
Average Per Game: $155,555.56
Special Notes: Opt-out clause after the 2007 season
The only reason this contract is being included is due to its sheer size. Back in 2001, Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks was desperate to make a splash and add some offense. This resulted in the then most lucrative contract to be handed out to an athlete.
Normally, paying a player that kind of money would land him higher on this list. However, you can't argue with Alex Rodriguez's production as a Ranger.
In his three seasons with the Rangers, these were his statistics:
2001: .318 BA, 133 R, 52 HR, 135 RBI, 18 SB
2002: .300 BA, 125 R, 57 HR, 142 RBI, 9 SB, Gold Glove Award
2003: .298 BA, 124 R, 47 HR, 118 RBI, 17 SB, Gold Glove Award, MVP
After the 2003 season, he was traded to the New York Yankees, where he went on to win another two MVP awards prior to opting out of his contract. This contract was also hurtful for the Rangers after they traded A-Rod, as they were paying close to $15 million of the contract each season.