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The Baltimore Sun

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers reached a preliminary agreement December 11, 2000 on a $252 million 10-year contract, the richest deal in sports history. The deal is subject to a final meeting between Rodriguez's agent and the Rangers, according to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Rodriguez, who batted .316 with 41 homers and 132 RBI for the Seattle Mariners in 2000, is shown talking to teammates during post season practice October 5, 2000.ANTHONY BOLANTE / REUTERS