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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:15 pm | Updated: 11:42 pm, Wed Jul 2, 2014.

WASHINGTON — When the 2007 baseball season began, Alex Rodriguez was still one of the sport’s untarnished stars, the home-run-hitting antidote to Barry Bonds and other sluggers who had already been linked to the use of performance-enhancing substances.

That season, playing third base for the New York Yankees, Rodriguez led baseball with 54 home runs and 156 runs batted in, and he went on to be awarded with his third Most Valuable Player award. After the season, he audaciously opted out of his existing 10-year contract, which had been the biggest one in the sport, and then signed an even larger deal to stay with the Yankees, this time for $275 million over 10 years.

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