By the time Alex Rodriguez collects his last payment as a player from the Yankees next year, he will have received $317,368,852 from New York, according to a review of his contracts by The Associated Press.
Luxury tax caused by his deal totaled another $132 million through this year, although the Yankees could have spent additional money on other players had A-Rod not been on the roster.
Was it worth it, given the Yankees have won one World Series title during his years in pinstripes?
"One individual is not responsible for winning only one world championship, because that's part of the team effort," general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. "He had a big piece of that success and in most cases more so than most."
New York acquired Rodriguez from Texas in February 2004 for infielder Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named, who turned out to be Joaquin Arias - an infielder who drove in 95 runs over eight big league seasons.
In all, Rodriguez will earn about $448 million as a player, including $119 million from Texas and about $12 million from Seattle.
A breakdown of Rodriguez's pay from the Yankees (courtesy of The Associated Press):
- 2004: $15,100,000
- 2005: $16,300,000
- 2006: $15,100,000
- 2007: $18,000,000
- Signing Bonus: $10,000,000
- 2008: $27,000,000
- 2009: $32,000,000
- 2010: $32,000,000
- 2011: $31,000,000
- 2012: $29,000,000
- 2013: $28,000,000
- 2014: $2,868,852
- 2015: $21,000,000
- 2016: $20,000,000
- 2017: $20,000,000
- Total: $317,368,852
- Note 1: Includes award bonuses of 2004-$100,000, 2005-$1.3 million, 2006-$100,000 and 2007-$2 million
- Note 2: 2014 pay was 21/183 of $25 million salary, per arbitration panel decision
Heading into Friday night's finale, the last game before New York releases him, the 41-year-old Rodriguez has hit .284 with 351 homers and 1,094 RBIs for the Yankees, helping them win their 27th Series title in 2009 but often failing in other postseasons. He won AL MVP awards in 2005 and 2007, raising his total to three.
"The trade with Texas was a tremendous move," Cashman said. "We added one of the game's greatest players at a discounted price because there were considerable offsets of salary, and we got a lot of production from him for quite some time."
A-Rod cost the Yankees $61 million in salary from 2004-07 plus another $3.5 million in award bonuses. An additional $22 million he earned over those four seasons was paid by New York and reimbursed to the Yankees by the Rangers.
Rodriguez opted out of the remainder of deal to become a free agent, giving up $72 million in salary over three seasons. On Dec. 13, 2007 - the same day the Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball was released - Rodriguez finalized a $275 million, 10-year contract to remain with the Yankees. >> Read more
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