Alex Rodriguez primer

Updated: February 7, 2009, 8:25 PM ET
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Alex Rodriguez
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty ImagesAlex Rodriguez has a strong shot at overtaking Barry Bonds as the career home run leader.

Top Things To Know

1. Alex Rodriguez is currently ranked 12th all time on the MLB career home runs list with 553 and is one of only 24 players to hit 500 home runs.

2. Rodriguez is one of nine players to win three or more MVP awards. Only Barry Bonds has won more than three (7).

3. Rodriguez is the youngest player to hit 500 home runs, and only the second to hit his 500th home run at age 32 or younger (Jimmie Foxx).

4. Rodriguez is the third player to hit his 500th home run with the Yankees, joining Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. He's the second to hit his 500th at Yankee Stadium.

5. Rodriguez is one of three players to hit 100-plus home runs with three different teams, joining Darrell Evans and Reggie Jackson. He's the only player to hit 150-plus home runs with three different teams.

Career Highlights

• 12-time All-Star
• AL MVP in 2003, 2005 and 2007
• 10-time Silver Slugger (7 as SS, 3 as 3B)
• 7 postseason appearances
• 11 straight 30-HR seasons (1998-2008)
• 2-time Gold Glove winner at SS

Career Transactions

July 27, 1975 -- Born

June 3, 1993 -- Drafted by the Seattle Mariners (first overall pick) in the 1993 amateur draft. Signed Aug. 30, 1993.

Oct. 30, 2000 -- Granted free agency.

Jan. 26, 2001 -- Signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers.

Feb. 16, 2004 -- Traded by the Texas Rangers with cash to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later and Alfonso Soriano. The New York Yankees sent Joaquin Arias (April 23, 2004) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.

Oct. 29, 2007 -- Granted free agency.

Dec. 13, 2007 -- Signed a 10-year, $275 million deal as a free agent with the New York Yankees.

Timeline of Steroid-Related Events

2003 -- Reportedly tests positive for steroids

April 2004 -- Samples from 2003 test seized from Las Vegas laboratory

Dec. 2007 -- Denies using steroids on "60 Minutes" interview

Feb. 2009 -- Sports Illustrated reports he tested positive for steroids in 2003

There are more than a few players who could have introduced A-Rod to steroids. Here's a list of his former or current teammates who were named in the Mitchell report:

    David Bell
    Kevin Brown
    Ken Caminiti
    Roger Clemens
    Ryan Franklin
    Jason Giambi
    Juan Gonzalez
    Glenallen Hill
    Mike Judd
    Josias Manzanillo
    Rafael Palmeiro
    Andy Pettitte
    John Rocker
    David Segui
    Mike Stanton
    Ismael Valdez
    Ron Villone
    Todd Williams

A-Rod's HR rate picked up when he went to the Rangers, perhaps due to the fact he played in a hitters' ballpark, but he hit a peak in 2002, the year before he reportedly tested positive. His career-best HR rate came in 2007 with the Yankees.

Career AB per HR

With Mariners
1994 -- (did not hit HR)
1995 -- 28.4
1996 -- 16.7
1997 -- 25.5
1998 --16.3
1999 --12.0
2000 --13.5

With Rangers
2001 -- 12.2
2002 -- 10.9
2003 -- 12.9

With Yankees
2004 -- 16.7
2005 -- 12.6
2006 -- 16.3
2007 -- 10.8
2008 -- 14.6

Most Notable HR Milestones

No. 1 -- June 12, 1995, vs. Royals, Tom Gordon
No. 100 -- Aug. 12, 1998, at Blue Jays, Nerio Rodriguez
No. 200 -- May 12, 2001, at White Sox, Jon Garland
No. 250 -- April 30, 2002, at Blue Jays, Luke Prokopec
No. 300 -- April 2, 2003, at Angels, Ramon Ortiz
No. 400 -- June 8, 2005, at Brewers, Jorge de la Rosa
No. 500 -- Aug. 4, 2007, vs. Royals, Kyle Davies

Terms of Current Contract with Yankees

Source: AP and management sources

Signing bonus -- $10 million
2008 -- $27 million
2009 -- $32 million
2010 -- $32 million
2011 -- $31 million
2012 -- $29 million
2013 -- $28 million
2014 -- $25 million
2015 -- $21 million
2016 -- $20 million
2017 -- $20 million
Total -- $275 million

Signing Bonus
Paid as follows: $2 million upon approval by commissioner's office; $1 million each Jan. 15 from 2009 to 2013; $3 million on Jan. 15, 2014.

Historic Achievement
A-Rod could receive an additional $6 million each for five milestones that the team designates as historic achievements. They are believed to be tying the home run marks of Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds, and breaking Bonds' major league record.

No-Trade Clause
Player may not be traded without his permission.