On February 15, 2004, the Rangers traded Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for second baseman Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later ( Joaquín Árias was sent to the Rangers on March 24). The Rangers also agreed to pay $67 million of the $179 million left on Rodriguez's contract. Rodriguez agreed to switch positions from shortstop to third base, paving the way for the trade, because the popular Derek Jeter was already entrenched at shortstop. Rodriguez also had to switch uniform numbers, from 3 to 13; he had worn 3 his entire career, but that number is retired by the Yankees in honor of Babe Ruth .
McGwire first became eligible for Hall of Fame voting in 2007. For election, a player needs to be listed on 75% of ballots cast; falling under 5% removes a player from future consideration. Between 2007 and 2010 McGwire's performance held steady, receiving 128 votes (%) in 2007 , 128 votes (%) in 2008 , 118 votes (%) in 2009 , and 128 votes (%) in 2010 . The subsequent ballot in 2011 showed the first sub-20% total of 115 votes (%), and McGwire's total votes continued to decline (112 votes (%) in 2012 , 96 votes (%) in 2013 , 63 votes (%) in 2014 , and 55 votes (%) in 2015 ) until he was finally eliminated after receiving only 54 votes (%) in 2016 . 
While it could simply have been an attempt to clear up acne scars, Sosa’s nebulous explanation for his lighter skin suggests that other, possible self-esteem or social pressures could be at play, Breadon says. “Why would he do this?” she asks. Drawing from the experience of her own practice, she says that, every now and then a patient comes to her requesting powerful lightening creams solely for the purpose of whitening their skin. “Patients, who for whatever reason feel that the world is more receptive to lighter skin, have asked me to prescribe the bleaching creams so that they can get lighter,” she says, recalling more than a few fashion models who told her that lighter skin would enable them to get more work. “I’d never give that treatment to someone who didn’t have a disease or condition,” she says, and for those whom she does prescribe the treatment, she always recommends counseling as well—adjusting to a new skin color is not only a physical process, she says, but can also be an emotional one.