Alex Rodriguez Voluntarily Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Suspension

Alex Rodriguez has voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit against MLB, the Commissioner's office, and the MLBPA, tweets Jim Baumbach of Newsday. Though the suit can be refiled, Rodriguez's decision likely indicates that he will no longer contest his suspension for all of next season.

Rodriguez had filed the lawsuit to challenge the arbitrator's decision to uphold most of the term of his suspension for using prohibited performance enhancing drugs. Though the Yankees will be without their everyday third baseman, the club will now definitively be off of the hook for the $25MM they owed him for 2014. The 38-year-old still is owed $61MM over 2015-17, in addition to $6MM bonuses for home run milestones begining with number 660.

Though Rodriguez had vowed to fight to the bitter end, there is no question that his legal case stood little chance of success. (Today was the deadline for his team to respond to the motions to dismiss the action.) If indeed this proves the end of Rodriguez's efforts to overturn his suspension, it could also be the final chapter in the Biogenesis saga.

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  1. Tom 1 year ago

    I wonder how much he lost in legal fees.

    • NoAZPhilsPhan 1 year ago

      It was reported he was spending between $5,000 a day by some outlets and $1 million a month by others.

      • pft2 1 year ago

        5000 a day only covered his lawyers meals

        • pft2 1 year ago

          So if he spent 3 million for 3 months of litigation to save him 8 million (50 games), that’s a pretty good deal.

          • Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

            But had he just agreed to a deal like all the others & not obstructed the investigation, he likely could have had a 50-100 game suspension & saved about $10 mil

          • LazerTown 1 year ago

            They reportedly never offered him a suspension in the range of the others.

  2. NoAZPhilsPhan 1 year ago

    He has finally seen the light and decided to stop wasting time and money. It is also being reported that he dropped his other lawsuits as well. if he never sets foot on the diamond again it will be too soon.

    • kungfucampby 1 year ago

      Did he kill your cat or something?

    • kcmark 1 year ago

      Really? So you think the Yankees are completely innocent in this? Like they didn’t know when they signed him to this ridiculous extension? He opted out during a World Series, the Yankees had an opportunity right there to cut their losses.

  3. Jeffrey Beckmann 1 year ago

    Huge for the Yanks to clear $25 million in cap space for this season…. There is not much out there right now, but they will be able to acquire some solid pieces before the trade deadline.

    • YankeeNinja 1 year ago

      That money was already spent when they signed Tanaka

  4. Riaaaaaa 1 year ago

    Now they are saying he won’t be attending spring training…

  5. Dave 1 year ago

    Next up, maybe he won’t challenge that nobody wants him to play baseball again.

  6. $3513744 1 year ago

    voluntary is being thrown around loosely here.

    • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 1 year ago

      I hear you, but for the record it is the technical legal term for what he did.

      • $3513744 1 year ago

        yeah i didn’t mean the headline at all. just the whole idea of what’s likely really going on behind the scenes of all these shenanigans.

        • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 1 year ago

          I know, wasn’t trying to call you out or anything. Just wanted to make sure that anyone who saw the comment understood why it was presented that way. It’s the lawyer in me talking!

          ARod had to respond to the motions to dismiss today, which is almost certainly what explains the timing. By voluntarily dismissing, rather than getting the case tossed, he theoretically retains the right to re-file.

          • Mike1L 1 year ago

            What would be the statute of limitations on his re-filing? Based on contract or based in tort?

          • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 1 year ago

            There is no statute of limitations for re-filing an action, per se. Generally, SoL periods are tied to each of the individual causes of action. How long the specific SoL periods run, I don’t know off-hand and don’t care to research, but most basic contract and tort actions have two or three year periods (depending upon forum and choice of law issues). Note, however, that he was challenging the arbitration award with at least some of his counts, and I believe that has a much shorter fuse (3 months?).

            In all likelihood, the limitations period tolled (i.e., was on pause) while the original action was pending. Presumably, some of those causes of action arose as of the date that the arbitrator issued his ruling (though some may have begun earlier), which was not long at all before he filed suit. So, I doubt much time has really run off the clock.

            All in all, highly unlikely that he refiles, I’d think. And if he does, he’ll immediately face the same motion to dismiss (which could also include some new arguments on procedural bars … who knows).

  7. Steve 1 year ago

    He is just going to focus on making a zoo next week when he reports to spring training instead

  8. Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

    I guess he finally realized there was no way out for him & he would be better off by saving the millions of $$$ in lawyer fees.

    • hediouspb 1 year ago

      i’m guessing it might have been more about not wanting all of the info to go public and still lose.

  9. Kevin Sheets 1 year ago

    When you really think about it, in my opinion, this is the only guy that MLB could probably beat. A large amount of MLB fans dislike Arod before this incident. A large amount of fans dislike Selig aswell. I cant help but think that if they attacked Braun before he admittied, if MLB would have been as successful. Not saying they were picking on AROD. Just pointing out that this probably the one guy that most people dislike as much if not more than Selig

    • NoAZPhilsPhan 1 year ago

      They has so much evidence that the others accepted their suspensions, so in reality MLB beat them all. Alex was the only one to not accept any deal. It was reported at the time that MLB offered him a shorter suspension and Alex refused, then MLB found out that Alex tried to buy evidence, tried to bribe etc. That is when they went after him full tilt.

      • Kevin Sheets 1 year ago

        Fair enough. I just found it odd that two of the most disliked people in MLB were going at it.

      • G W 1 year ago

        What was the shorter suspension they offered him before he refused? Please answer because you seem to know exactly what happened.

        • NoAZPhilsPhan 1 year ago

          According to reports by Buster Olney and others yes there was. It was reported moths ago as well as recently as a few days ago. Just Google this phrase “Source A-Rod blew his chance to take a deal for a 50 games suspension”. It will lead you to one article. Similar phrases will lead to others as will narrowing the search timelines.

      • kcmark 1 year ago

        So it’s okay for MLB to buy evidence, but not okay for Alex Rodriguez to buy the same evidence? Got it.

        • NoAZPhilsPhan 1 year ago

          MLB, unlike A-Rod, bought the evidence in the course of an investigation into a player violating the JDA. A-Rod bought it to try and hamper that investigation and destroy the evidence so yea…there is a difference.

  10. pft2 1 year ago

    I think there are still a couple of other suits pending, the conspiracy charge and the one against the Yankees Dr.

    I actually think Arod is looking forward to the time off. If he wants to play ball he is rich enough to set up a couple of teams, buy a stadium and play.

    • NoAZPhilsPhan 1 year ago

      It’s been reported by other outlets that he dropped ALL the lawsuits.

  11. ZoinksScoob 1 year ago

    Some of the “spin” coming off this is that A-Rod didn’t want to turn into Pete Rose and be completely blackballed by the sport; he wants to come back in 2015 to play and have a role in baseball after his playing days are over.

    Personally, I think that if the court had dismissed the suits (which I think they would have done), the Yankees would have had great ammunition to try to void the rest of his contract altogether. By voluntarily withdrawing the suits without prejudice (i.e., he could re-file if he wanted), A-Rod can to maintain his claim that he did nothing wrong (without being under oath) but will accept the suspension for the good of the game… making the Yankees’ task to get out from under the deal much harder. In short, it was game theory as to how much money he could end up losing… a LOT.

  12. NickinIthaca 1 year ago

    Yesterday while reading MLBTR during my morning ritual, I thought about how happy I was that it had been almost a month since I’d read anything involving A-Rod, and in fact came very close to commenting about it on here. I’m very glad I didn’t because I would have been convinced that I jinxed us all…

  13. kungfucampby 1 year ago

    Another MLB player destroyed. Hurray, I guess?

  14. johnsilver 1 year ago

    Great finale. Now he can announce next winter that his hip is completely shot and unable to play (see Albert belle for an example) and the NYY can pay him the rest of his money, yet be on the hook cap wise until 2017..

    That’s how it works legally.. MLB could change the rules of course since bell was pre salary cap rules, just as was Wayne Garland (1978-88 I believe) and Garland eventually stopped forcing the Indians to even pay him for his destroyed shoulder, but i doubt ARod will allow NY to get off the hook for his hip and not playing for a year? Anyone else think that is not plan B?

  15. Dave Janeway 1 year ago

    Now get Ortiz, Roberts and the few that are left on the Mitchell report. Get em all.

    Baseball can really regain a small level of credibility by doing this.

    • kungfucampby 1 year ago

      No, no they cannot. The lengths the MLB went to to bust A-Rod damaged their reputation considerably. Buying witnesses with duffel bags full of money and having a MLB lawyer sleep with a witness for information is hardly credible.

      • NickinIthaca 1 year ago

        What is this about the lawyer and a witness?

        • $3513744 1 year ago

          yeah no kidding. i wanna know more about this.

    • Mike1L 1 year ago

      I don’t agree. I’m no fan of Ortiz and I think he got kid glove treatment, but we don’t need a continuation of old cases. Enforce the rules you have right now with the cheaters you can find now. Do it enough, and eventually everyone will get the message. The stars who juiced already are seeing it in the HOF votes.

  16. Kevin Sheets 1 year ago

    Hey, If Yankees dump Arod (Not to far fetched), we could have both Selig and Arod leaving MLB after 2014…

    • Matt Mccarron 1 year ago

      No way the Yankees drop A-rod. He would get a minor league deal in minutes. He may make headlines off the field, but he is still not half bad on the field. Plus, the Yankees would be better off hoping he fails another test and saving more money.

      • $3513744 1 year ago

        it wouldn’t be too far fetched. Bonds was a way better hitter in his last year than arod is now, and he got no offers. baggage will do that to you.

        • I always thought the Rays should’ve picked him up in the summer of 08 to replace the battered Cliff Floyd as DH. Unlikely to have been the difference maker in the WS and his baggage may have disrupted the chi.

      • David 1 year ago

        a-rod has never failed a drug test

        • hediouspb 1 year ago

          doesn’t have to. part of this suspension is for violating the joint drug policy… doesn’t matter how he was caught. a second time violating would be a second offense.

          • $3513744 1 year ago

            i think he was just commenting on that guy’s posting saying that he hopes if fails another. but did i miss something? didn’t he fail a test? i know it was supposed to be confidential and not be leaked like it did, but didn’t he fail that one?

          • Kevin Sheets 1 year ago

            You mean the survey testing… yea supposedly he was on with with Ortiz and Manny

      • Kevin Sheets 1 year ago

        Bonds couldn’t get a minor league deal…. just saying

  17. Mike1L 1 year ago

    Smart thing for him to do. High cost, lower expectation of success, and the math is ultimately in his favor. He gets back on the field in 2015, makes his salary, makes the first incentive, and goes from there. I doubt the Yankees will simply release him. He can DH, and if he re-injures himself he will still get paid. The biggest mistake he made in this was going after Michael Weiner and the union–but particularly Michael Weiner, who was almost universally held in high esteem and literally died n the job.

  18. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    About time to fade into the sunset A-rod.

  19. BROC 1 year ago

    I support Alex Rodriguez….

  20. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 1 year ago

    For someone as egotistical and self-absorbed as A-Rod, continually professing to be the victim, you know the MLB had him beat if he withdrew everything. If those million dollar Yes Men that A-Rod hired as lawyers, have actually said dude, you can’t win this this…that says something.

  21. BROC 1 year ago

    brotherfox said:

    Rodriguez will forfeit $22,131,147 of his 2014 base salary of $25 million. The ’14 Major League season is defined as lasting 183 days, and with Rodriguez suspended for 162 games, he will be paid nearly $3 million for the remaining 21 days.

  22. BROC 1 year ago

    Many people has taken PEDs….

    If you have taken aspirins then you are a PEDs user….

  23. kcmark 1 year ago

    In a perfect world, A-Rod would serve his suspension and his salary would still count against the Yankees for the luxury tax. The Yankees are equally guilty here. They knew the risk when he opted out of his contract and they resigned him.

    • Mike1L 1 year ago

      I have to disagree with that. You can’t start making rules up mid-game, just because you don’t like a particular team. There are a lot of PED cheats out there, some discovered and some undiscovered, and any number of them have been re-signed by their existing teams or got new contracts from other teams. Punishing the Yankees may make you feel good, but it’s fundamentally unfair.

  24. start_wearing_purple 1 year ago

    I doubt it. He’s an attention seeker and I use that phrase because other words are banned here.

    Arod will find some way to make us believe he’s relevant.

  25. Kevin Sheets 1 year ago

    Hey supposedly hes NOT going to spring training…good start!

  26. Robert Mango 1 year ago

    Wait til he’s in the news for sleeping with a celeb again, that should be mid march to april….

  27. kungfucampby 1 year ago

    Don’t worry, like Bonds he’ll never play again. Collusion still alive and well in MLB.

  28. $3513744 1 year ago

    that shouldn’t be news to anyone. canseco still hasn’t tested positive. obviously there’s problems with the testing even today. if it was easy, no one would get away with it.

  29. Kevin Sheets 1 year ago

    Still believe Lance Armstrong, too? Still have faith in Bonds (Even admitted in court to unknowningly taking them)?
    I undertand that he hasnt failed a test, but he has lied to the public before. Why are you giving him the benefit of the doubt?

  30. NoAZPhilsPhan 1 year ago

    If you have kept up with the news the union finally approved HGH blood tests and biological passport and IRMS testing which would have caught them all. It is the same type of testing that the WADA uses and the testing that convinced Armstrong to quit cheating. Now they just need to test more often to establish a quicker baseline.

  31. Wait until it comes time to renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement. MLB ignored all of the rules and limits that were part of he deal – all in an extraordinary effort to destroy a player.

    Arod is not innocent, but MLB went for the death penalty on an infraction with a 50 game max suspension.

    Selig may have set the next work stoppage in motion.. That will be his legacy

  32. Tony Matias 1 year ago

    Alex… is that you?

  33. Now what exactly has A-Rod done to deserve this treatment? Poor guy. *sigh*

  34. start_wearing_purple 1 year ago

    Dream, fantasy, same difference.

  35. BitLocker 1 year ago

    Time for some Dancing with the Stars.

  36. NoAZPhilsPhan 1 year ago

    If you read the arbitrators (the same guy hired jointly by MLB and the union) he clearly states that the “just cause” clauses in both the CBA and JDA allow for additional time. It has been used before concerning the CBA so precedent had been set. A-Rod did much more than just use which is the cause for the additional games.

  37. kungfucampby 1 year ago

    I wish I shared your optimism but the MLBPA is probably the weakest it has ever been. The players wanted to kick A-Rod out, not defend him.

    I don’t think they “get” the whole union solidarity thing but whatever.

  38. hediouspb 1 year ago

    the union agreed with the suspension and suggested that a-rod accept it.

  39. NickinIthaca 1 year ago

    Except he’s under contract, so it’s completely different than the Bonds situation – No one offered Bonds a free agent contract, even though he was still a perfectly capable player. Unless the Yankees are willing to eat $61 million dollars (which I highly doubt even they would be willing to do), A-Rod will be back through at least 2017. Even if his body doesn’t hold up.

  40. hediouspb 1 year ago

    getting together and deciding not to offer a contract is different from individually deciding that you don’t want to sign someone because of their baggage (and age and injury concerns…)

    a-rod is still under contract so he will at least get paid.

  41. $3513744 1 year ago

    right, solidarity with the guy that sued them and threw them under the bus for his own incompetence.

  42. gw9999 1 year ago

    I think what you are missing is the 80% to 90% (yes, a made up statistic) majority of clean players don’t want the 10% to 20% to keep PED’s as a major story line in the sport or foster an environment where those who opt for a chemically obtained competitive advantage do not face repercussions for their actions which puts clean players at a disadvantage on the diamond and is detrimental to their earning power.

  43. LazerTown 1 year ago

    I agree. It’s not about whether you believe A-rod took steroids or not. It is about Selig using his powers to remove a player from the game by not following the policy they had agreed to. Is a very bad precedent to let that much salary be removed.

  44. hediouspb 1 year ago

    nope, you don’t get the union thing. it isn’t about defending everyone in your union no matter what they do. it’s about making sure that things are handled by the book and people aren’t mistreated. part of a unions responsibility is to support what is rights of all members- and they have clearly decided that getting peds out of the game is in their best interest.

    the unions stance against ped’s is solidarity. a-rod is the only one who doesn’t seem to get it.

  45. kungfucampby 1 year ago

    Wait, did ARod leave the loophole in the JDA that let Selig suspend people for an imaginary number of games?

  46. kungfucampby 1 year ago

    As soon as you prove any of that I’ll agree.

    Until then you have a union that just let its highest-paid member get railroaded by management.

  47. kcmark 1 year ago

    If that’s true, let’s see somebody drill Braun when he steps into the box.

  48. hediouspb 1 year ago

    how was the process that they followed railroading? you and he might not like the outcome of the process but the process was followed and it didn’t happen all that quickly.

  49. kcmark 1 year ago

    So let’s see if the Yankees have to courage to DFA him when his suspension is lifted.

  50. kcmark 1 year ago

    Why didn’t Braun get a 162? He obstructed the process by throwing the sample collector under the bus.

  51. kcmark 1 year ago

    If your statement were true, Jhohny Peralta, Nelson Cruz and Bartolo Colon wouldn’t be getting new contracts.

  52. kungfucampby 1 year ago

    MLB did a lot of things, but none of them were by the book.

    And the union’s best interest is to make sure their players aren’t denied work or salary by management. They failed miserably in all of this.

  53. hediouspb 1 year ago

    how so? they were caught and took their penalty. if they get caught again they will face a tougher penalty. the union supported all of the players involved going in, admitting what they did and accepting the penalty. a-rod is the only one that didn’t think he needed to.

  54. hediouspb 1 year ago

    i don’t support braun and i will not ever root for him again. what he did after getting off was despicable., but he followed the procedure the first time and got off because the process wasn’t followed correctly.

    this time he walked in and said, “lets make a deal.” mlb said, “go away for the rest of the season.” had a-rod followed him in to selig’s office and done the same thing instead of going out and trying to obstruct the process he would have probably received the same suspension.

  55. Hills of Glenallen 1 year ago

    Courage or stupidity?

  56. $3513744 1 year ago

    wait, did the MLBPA make him take those steroids? did they make him lie about it too? what about that part where they made him try to cover it up? did they make him sue them as well? seems to me it’s pretty obvious who doesn’t understand solidarity here, and that would be the one guy looking after himself. it wasn’t a loophole. both sides agreed on it. if they don’t like, they’ll change it. that’s how agreements work.

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