When asked if there were any decisions he regretted making since owning the team, Hicks responded by saying: “Juan Gonzalez for $24 million after he came off steroids, probably, we just gave that money away.” Hicks then added: “I have no knowledge that Juan used steroids. His number of injuries and early retirement just makes me suspicious. In any event, we paid him $24 million for very few games.”
Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list three times during the 2002 and 2003 seasons with Texas, suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb and a right calf injury. He played in 152 games over the two seasons, hitting .288 with 32 home runs and 105 RBI.
Admitted steroid-user Jose Canseco wrote in his book that he took steroids with Juan Gonzalez when they played together for the Rangers from 1992-1994. After his second contract expired with the Rangers in 2003, Gonzalez signed a $4 million contract with the Kansas City Royals. However, injuries continued to plague the outfielder and he appeared in only 33 games.
Gonzalez finished his career with a .295 batting average, 434 home runs, 1,404 RBI and 1,936 hits. He won the American League MVP in 1996 and 1999 and was a three-time All-Star.