On December 12, 2000 Alex Rodriguez signs the richest contract in sports history, a ten-year deal with the Rangers worth $252 million. The quarter billion dollars doubles the previous high of $126 million paid by the NBA’s Timberwolves to Kevin Garnett in a six-year agreement signed in October, 1997.

He will nearly get traded to Boston but then gets traded to New York, after 3 seasons. He becomes the first league MVP to get traded in an off season the year he won. He will win 2 more MVP’s in New York before opting out of this deal after the 2007 season. In total during the 7 years he was under this contract he will win 3 MVP’s, lead the league in homeruns 3 times and RBI’s twice.

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