Alex Rodriguez abandoned his fight against Major League Baseball on Friday, dropping his lawsuit for tortious interference in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Now it is clear the New York Yankees will play the entire 2014 season and where he plays in 2015 is still a question.
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.
Friday served as the deadline for Rodriguez to respond to recent filings by Major League Baseball and the Players Association to have the case thrown out of Federal court. Prior to Rodriguez’s official surrender, Rodriguez representatives had been sending out signals to its adversaries that it was contemplating this action.
The Yankees owe Rodriguez about 61 million dollars and the team is looking at some ways they might be able to reduce that number.
According ESPN sources, Rodriguez hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting or even partial team ownership after his retirement and feared a protracted legal fight might cause him to be, in the words of a source, “blackballed” by baseball.