Not everyone buys that logic. Though, the poised, well-spoken Rodriguez is highly regarded both on and off the field—raised in the Dominican Republic and Miami, he is the son of a mother who worked two jobs to support her family after her husband left when Alex was 9—many baseball executives are appalled that a single player will be paid more than the assessed value of 18 of the 30 major-league teams. Concerned that their game seems increasingly a contest between those teams that can pay top dollar for players and the rest that cannot, at least one official raised the possibility that Rodriguez might soon be remembered not as the superb athlete he is but as the catalyst for a bitter player-management showdown triggered by the game's financial inequalities. "We clearly have a crisis situation," said the major leagues' vice president of baseball operations Sandy Alderson. "It's time for us to deal with it."