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24/7 Wall St.: Highest-Paid Players of All Time

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11. Alex Rodriguez

Salary ratio: 10.18
Sport: baseball (third baseman)
Highest salary: $33 million (2009)
Average player salary: $3.29 million (2009)

In 2007, Alex Rodriguez negotiated a 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees that, by 2009, had him earning $33 million per year. Since he began playing baseball with the Mariners in 1994, A-Rod has hit more than 600 home runs, one of just eight to do so. He has been voted an All-Star 12 times, and was named American League MVP three times. Rodriguez also has fourteen separate 100+ RBI seasons, the most of any player in league history. In 2009, Rodriguez helped the Yankees win the World Series and won the Babe Ruth Award as the postseason MVP.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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