The Top-Salary Curse

Amid their gloom, Boston Red Sox fans can find a ray of hope in the New York Yankees' big trade for Alex Rodriguez, baseball's highest-paid player. Over the past 15 years, having the richest player on your team has not been a ticket to success (see below). One problem: because of his restructured salary deal, A-Rod's pay won't be No. 1 in 2004. That honor now goes to Manny Ramirez--of the Red Sox. Talk about cursed.

--By Sean Gregory

DARRYL STRAWBERRY SALARY: $3.8 MILLION 1991 Los Angeles Dodgers A big free-agent pickup--but the team blew a division lead to the Atlanta...

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