The New York Yankees paid Alex Rodriguez $317 million over the course of his 10-year career with the team, despite going the final 47 games without him. This was after he signed a record-setting 10-year, $252 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in 2001. This contract was twice as much as the $126 million deal that Kevin Garnett got from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1997, which was a record at the time, according to International Business Times. In his 22-year career, A-Rod has made somewhere in the ballpark of $437 million, making him the highest paid baseball player in the history of the game and one of the highest paid sportsmen ever. Oh ya, and the Yankees still owe him $21 million for the 2017 season.
Granted, A-Rod will go down as one of the best players ever, despite all the controversies, and he did secure a World Series ring/World Series MVP award, but it’s hard to make a case that A-Rod was actually worth the half billion dollars he was paid over his career. It’s hard to believe anyone truly deserves that much. Economies of scale, bruh.
Last night, during Fox’s World Series pregame coverage, Tom Verducci was talking about how veterans like John Lackey and Dexter Fowler took less money to better their shot at a World Series title, and Rose immediately shot at A-Rod for taking another path.
I guess what goes around comes around…
I never thought it was possible, but A-Rod has been super endearing as a broadcaster, insightful and self-aware. Good on you, A-Rod. You overpaid fuckhead.
[h/t Busted Coverage]