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February 07. 2014 10:15PM

A-Rod ends legal battle with MLB, union

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has suddenly ended his legal battles with Major League Baseball and the players’ union on Friday.

He filed a notice with the court dismissing his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

Rodriguez had been seeking a dismissal of a reduced 162-game suspension handed down by MLB last month.

Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. On Jan. 11, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the penalty to 162 games plus the 2014 postseason.

It’s unclear why Rodriguez chose to drop his lawsuits, although he has the option to re-file the notices later if he chooses.

This may be a sign that Rodriguez is now willing to accept his penalty.

Rodriguez’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, told the New York Post that Rodriguez will not attend spring training. Rodriguez is allowed to participate in spring training while under suspension, but apparently has decided not to do so.


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