The contract was a record for professional sports, double the second-to-highest salary (for a basketball player). Tom Hicks purchased the Texas Rangers franchise for $250 million in 1997.
Rodriguez was a four-time All Star and in seven years with the Mariners compiled a batting average of .309, 189 home runs, and 595 runs batted in. After seven years, professional baseball players were permitted to negotiate with teams as free agents.
Before the 2000 season, the Mariners traded away top hitter, Ken Griffey Jr., and in the 1999 season, they traded star pitcher Randy Johnson.