Mandatory Credit: Photo by Justin Lane/EPA/Shutterstock (7831592cc)The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez Celebrates After Hitting His 500th Home Run During the First Inning Game Between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx New York Usa On 04 August 2007Usa Baseball Mlb - Aug 2007.
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In 2000, Alex Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers that dwarfed all contracts that came before and ushered in the modern era of mega-bucks baseball.

Alex Rodriguez Net Worth: $350 Million

He earned his cash on the field in Texas, then the Yankees signed him to a new deal — this time for $275 million — in 2007 after convincing him to opt out of his old contract and move to New York. In total, A-Rod earned more than $455 million over the course of his career, which included three MVPs, a World Series win, 10 Silver Slugger Awards, two Gold Gloves, a Batting Title and an incredible 14 trips to the All-Star game.

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