Alex Rodriguez will be taking an involuntary year off from baseball after all. The New York Yankees third baseman has dropped his lawsuits against Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig.
Suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez abandoned his fight against Major League Baseball on Friday, dropping his lawsuit for tortious interference in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
Rodriguez also withdrew lawsuits against commissioner Bud Selig and the Major League Baseball Players Association, ending his battle to overturn an unprecedented 211-game suspension in connection with baseball’s Biogenesis investigation that was reduced last month to 162 games plus the 2014 playoffs by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
Rodriguez’s attorney Joseph Tacopina confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that a notice of voluntary dismissal was filed in the cases Friday afternoon. No explanation was given and no further details were provided.
One reason that has been floating around for why A-Rod dropped his case is the money. Not only is he losing $25 million in salary for not playing this season, but his attorney fees are reportedly $10 million.
Rodriguez plans to return to the field for the 2015 season.
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