In an odd twist, Alex Rodriguez and his legal team have voluntarily dismissed their lawsuits against Major League Baseball and the players union. Jim Baumbach of Newsday has the news:
Today was deadline for A-Rod's side to respond to MLB/MLBPA wanting case tossed. Instead, they've voluntarily dismissed case. Hmm.— Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) February 7, 2014
A-Rod also has voluntarily dismissed the 'witch hunt' lawsuit against Selig & MLB, according to that docket, as well.— Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) February 7, 2014
A-Rod's camp filed the lawsuit against MLB and MLBPA seeking an injuction that could potentially overturn his record 162-game suspension. The "witch hunt" lawsuit was filed last year and is a separate matter and would not affect the suspension.
Rodriguez, who missed most of last season with the Yankees while recovering from hip surgery, can still refile his suit and continue seeking an injunction, or he could simply stop the legal battle and accept the suspension.
In response, the MLBPA issued the following statement via Twitter:
MLBPA: "Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit. His decision to move forward is in everyone's best interest."— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) February 7, 2014
For those interested, here's the filing: