New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez suddenly ended his legal battles with Major League Baseball and the players’ union on Friday.
He filed a notice with the court dismissing his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.
Rodriguez had been seeking a dismissal of a reduced 162-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball last month.
Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. On Jan. 11, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the penalty to 162 games plus the 2014 postseason.
It’s unclear why Rodriguez chose to drop his lawsuits, although he has the option to re-file the notices later if he chooses.
This may be a sign that Rodriguez is now willing to accept his penalty.
He was scheduled to respond Friday to the MLBPA’s motion to have the claims against it dismissed. Now he does not need to do so.
Major League Baseball issued a statement in response to Rodriguez’s move.
“We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire.”
Rodriguez, 38, played in 44 games for the Yankees last season after undergoing two hip surgeries. He hit .244 with seven homers in 2013.