With His Final MLB Check Paid, How Much Did Alex Rodriguez Make?
By Ryan Velez
Alex Rodriguez hasn’t played baseball since August of 2016, but you wouldn’t know that if you were to look at his bank statement. He has actually managed to get paid until the end of this year’s regular season, over a full calendar year later. While this puts a coda on a famed career, one may be wondering exactly how much Rodriguez managed to pull in total during this time. Celebrity Net Worth has crunched the numbers.
To figure it out, you need to turn back the clock to 2007, when Rodriguez signed a ten-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees. This deal was only agreed to after A-Rod opted out of the final three years of a different ten-year contract. That particular one was worth $252 million with the Texas Rangers.
To date, only one player has been able to lay claim to a larger contract. That honor goes to Giancarlo Stanton, who signed a ten-year, $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins. With that much money on the table, there’s a bit of a question as to whether or not Rodriguez managed to live up to the hype. This will always be subjective, but there are some hard facts to consider.
While in Seattle, Rodriguez made $12 million in seven seasons. He never made it to the World Series with this team, and won zero MVP awards, hitting .309 while finishing with 189 home runs and 595 RBI. The Texas Rangers paid him $116.8 million over just three seasons of usage. His numbers were pretty good, batting .305 with 156 home runs, 395 RBI, and willing an MVP award. However, the team never made the playoffs while he was there.
The Yankees got A-Rod for 12 seasons, paying him $307.8 million. During his time there, he got his only World Series ring, hit .283, 351 home runs, and 1,096 RBI. He also got 2 MVP awards. In total, he made $436.6 million during his major league career, but did have down years and even lost a whole season due to suspension. The Texas Rangers, in particular, may feel ripped off, as not only did they pay him a great deal for a short period of time, they will owe him $26 million in deferred payments, the last of which won't be paid off until 2025 with interest added.