New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has dropped his lawsuit Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, and will accept his 162-game suspension for the 2014 season according to USA Today.
“We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter,” MLB said in a statement. “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.”
MLBPAA: “Alex Rodriguez has done right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit. His decision to move forward is in everyone’s best interest.”
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 7, 2014
Rodriguez filed his lawsuit claiming “carefully orchestrated smear campaign” and his suspension should be vacated. The lawsuit also alleges that the baseball union did not protect Rodriguez from continual leaks of “prejudicial information” from baseball officials.
Rodriguez will serve the 162-game suspension which was reduced from 211 games and is now unlikely to report to Spring Training this month.