Trade Details

Date: February 16, 2004

New York Yankees acquire

  • Third baseman Alex Rodriguez

Texas Rangers acquire

  • Infielder Joaquin Arias
  • Second baseman Alfonso Soriano

2B Alfonso Soriano

Soriano had been a valuable power-speed dual threat for the Yankees and continued to produce in Texas. He was an American League All-Star and Silver Slugger in both 2004 and 2005.

3B Alex Rodriguez

Widely regarded as the game's best overall player at the time of the trade, A-Rod went on to earn AL MVP honors in 2005 and 2007. He exercised an opt-out clause in his contract following that '07 season, only to re-sign with the Yankees for a then-record 10 years and $275 million. He led New York to a World Series championship in 2009, but then quickly saw his reputation and production suffer from performance-enhancing drug allegations and significant injuries.

Ely Sussman
Between all the ups and downs Rodriguez experienced on and off the field, I will always be fascinated by his playing career...and how it could've been so much different.

PED Admission (2009)

After previously denying performance-enhancing drug use, A-Rod came clean about cheating during his years with the Rangers.

Trade's Legacy

Even with Rodriguez and Soriano both retired from baseball, it's still one of the most complicated transactions in MLB history. A-Rod undoubtedly deserves credit for helping to bring the Yankees their most recent title, but his bloated salary and deteriorating health hurt the team in the following seasons. The Rangers, meanwhile, assembled their strongest rosters (2010 and 2011 American League champions) without either of these stars.

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