A-Rod trade timeline

A timeline of the days and events of Alex Rodriguez eventually being traded to the Yankees.

Originally Published: February 16, 2004

A chronological look at the Red Sox and Yankees' pursuit of shortstop Alex Rodriguez this offseason:

Oct. 29: The Red Sox place outfielder Manny Ramirez on irrevocable waivers, a move the Sox hope will rid them of the remaining five years and $99.5 million due on Ramirez's eight-year, $160-million deal.

Oct. 30: While agent Jeff Moorad reveals that Ramirez wants to play for the New York Yankees, waivers on Ramirez expire without the player being claimed; meanwhile, speculation begins of a possible trade of Ramirez for Rodriguez, who wants out of Texas and has roughly $186 million remaining on his landmark 10-year, $252-million contract.

Nov. 11: Addressing a newspaper story stating that the Red Sox, Rangers and Angels have had serious discussions about a three-way trade involving Ramirez and Rodriguez, Sox general manager Theo Epstein calls the report "baseless."

Nov. 17: Rodriguez wins the American League Most Valuable Player Award, but spends most of his time on an afternoon conference call answering questions about a potential trade. While one of the major sticking points in talks between the Sox and Rangers remains Texas owner Tom Hicks' insistence that the Red Sox pay an estimated $5 million annually on Ramirez's contract, Rodriguez desribes multimillion-dollar deal as difficult. He concludes: "I'm assuming I'm going to be with the Rangers next year."

Nov. 21: A-Rod tells reporters that he would accept a trade to just two teams (reports surface that those teams are the Red Sox and Yankees).

Nov. 23: Agent Arn Tellem, who represents Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, speaks out on behalf of his client and says that Garciaparra would like to remain in Boston. Tellem terms contract discussions between him and the Sox as "positive" and "productive."

Dec. 2: Apparently discouraged that any deal involving Ramirez and Rodriguez, Moorad now says that Ramirez would like to remain with the Red Sox. Says the agent of Ramirez: "He would be disappointed if he were traded at this point."

Dec. 6: Word leaks that Red Sox owner John Henry already has met with Rodriguez, a meeting permitted by baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Media attention intensifies dramatically.

Dec. 8: Calling from his honeymoon, Garciaparra bypasses Tellem this time and does his own lobbying. Says Garciaparra of his desire to remain with the Red Sox: "It's been the only uniform I know and its the only uniform I want to know for my entire career."

Dec. 9: Responding to the criticisms of agent Tellem, Henry calls the agents remarks "the height of hypocrisy." While the Red Sox and Tellem agree to a cease-fire later in the day, the Sox privately reveal that Garciaparra rejected a four-year, $60-million offer in spring training, a fact that helped turn them towards Rodriguez; it is also learned that the Sox reduced their offer to Garciaparra to four year and $48 million immediately after the season.

Dec. 12: Epstein arrives at the winter meetings in New Orleans, where talk is initially downplayed; the Sox give some indication that they may be leaning again towards renewing discussions with Garciaparra, who is now the primary target of the Los Angeles Dodgers in another three-way trade scenario.

Dec. 14: The price for Garciaparra goes back up with the news that free-agent shortstop Miguel Tejada has agreed to a six-year, $72-million contract with the Orioles; the Sox and Tellem meet briefly, but it is clear that Rodriguez has once again become Boston's primary target.

Dec. 16: In an effort to restructure the balance of Rodriguez's contract, the Red Sox meet with the player, agent and union officials in New York with the hopes of creating the financial flexibility necessary to satisfy Hicks' demands for cash in the deal.

Dec. 17: After union deputy Gene Orza rejects the attempted restructuring of the deal, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino issues an aggressive statement in which he blames the union and describes the deal as "dead." In the subsequent days, Rodriguez says he will stand by the union guidelines.

Dec. 20-21: Frustrated by an inability to consummate the trade, Hicks issues a deadline of 5 p.m. ET for Dec. 23, saying the Rangers will thereafter operate with the assumption that Rodriguez will remain their shortstop in 2004.

Dec. 23: Hicks' deadline passes without a deal. The Texas owner says that Rodriguez will be a member of the Rangers next season.

Jan. 20, 2004: A-Rod to Boston rumors resurface. Rangers GM John Hart says "It's untrue, just completely untrue. It's not even worth responding to. We've filled our club, they've (the Red Sox) filled their club. We've had no talks in over a month. Where this garbage comes from is beyond me." The same day, Alfonso Soriano and the Yankees agree to a $5.4M one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

Jan. 25, 2004: Rangers name Rodriguez team captain.

Feb. 14: Newsday reports the Yankees and Rangers held "serious discussions concerning a blockbuster trade that would bring Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx for Alfonso Soriano."

Feb. 16: Rodriguez officially becomes a member of the Yankees as the Rangers trade the shortstop to New York for Soriano and a player to be named.

Paying top dollar
In the years leading up to WWI, Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics featured the "$100,000 infield" 1B Stuffy McInnis, 2B Eddie Collins, 3B Home Run Baker, and SS Jack Barry teamed for four pennants and three World titles (1910, 1911, and 1913) in Philadelphia.

The 2004 Yankees infield of Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Enrique Wilson will combine to earn over $55 million in 2004. That is an average of $114,000 every three innings.

The Yankees now have six of the top 12 total contracts.
Player, club Years Package
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 2001-10 $252,000,000
Derek Jeter, Yankees 2001-10 $189,000,000
Manny Ramirez, Red Sox 2001-08 $160,000,000
Todd Helton, Rockies 2003-11 $141,500,000
Mike Hampton, Braves 2001-08 $121,000,000
Jason Giambi, Yankees 2002-08 $120,000,000
Ken Griffey Jr., Reds 2000-08 $116,500,000
Kevin Brown, Dodgers 1999-05 $105,000,000
Mike Piazza, Mets 1999-05 $91,000,000
Chipper Jones, Braves 2001-06 $90,000,000
Mike Mussina, Yankees 2001-06 $88,500,000
Bernie Williams, Yankees 1999-05 $87,500,000

Information was compiled by ESPN Research.