After the 2000 season, Alex Rodriguez signed the contract that changed contracts forever. When Texas signed A-Rod for 10 years and $252 million, agents and owners gasped, but if anyone could earn it, Rodriguez could.
He went on to three consecutive seasons of 45-plus home runs, 100-plus RBI, 120 R, and .995-plus OPS. However, the contract soon became too much for Texas and they looked to move him, initially agreeing with Boston on a deal that was vetoed because it required Rodriguez to take a voluntary pay cut.
Finally, on February 15, 2004, the inevitable happened. Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees for Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later.
Between 2004-2010, Rodriguez never hit less than 30 home runs or knocked in less than 100 RBI. He won two MVP awards and made seven All-Star teams. Meanwhile, Soriano had two of the best years of his career for Texas, with 64 HR, 195 RBI and 48 steals between 2004 and 2005, and the Rangers got that production for a very economical $12.9 million.