Alex Rodriguez Signs With WME (Exclusive)

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The 14-time MLB All-Star said Wednesday that he is retiring after the 2017 season.

Alex Rodriguez, who said Wednesday that he is retiring from baseball after the 2017 season, has signed with WME, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

"I won't play after next year," Rodriguez told ESPN. "I've really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad."

One of the most famous and polarizing figures in Major League Baseball, A-Rod has been tapped as an All-Star 14 times and was named MVP of the American League three times. He won the World Series in 2009 with the New York Yankees, for whom he has played since 2004.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 draft began his pro career with the Seattle Mariners as a phenom straight out of high school. He made headlines — and history — in 2000 when he signed a record-setting 10-year, $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers, at the time the richest deal ever seen in American sports. (He topped it with his current 10-year, $275 million Yankees pact.)

But as his profile rose, so did controversy. Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he had used performance-enhancing drugs during his Rangers days, following a Sports Illustrated report that he had tested positive for steroids back in 2003. Then in 2013, Rodriguez was among several named MLB players who had allegedly received HGH from Florida clinic Biogenesis of America. In response, the league suspended him for the 2014 season.

Now 40, A-Rod had a promising comeback in 2015, notching 83 runs and 33 homers, his best since 2008. He'll enter Opening Day on April 4 with more career at-bats (10,341), runs (2,002), hits (3,070), home runs (687) and RBIs (2,055) than any other active player in MLB.