Attorneys for A-Rod, Major League Baseball meet in court

Thu Nov 7, 2013 4:59pm EST
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By Curtis Skinner

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorneys for Major League Baseball and embattled star Alex Rodriguez agreed on one thing at a judicial hearing in New York on Thursday - neither side wants to be in federal court.

The New York Yankees slugger, who is suing MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig, wants the case moved to state court, while Selig and the league want it thrown out altogether.

Attorneys for the two sides argued before U.S. District Court Judge Lorna Schofield.

Rodriguez, in a lawsuit against MLB and Selig, accuse them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career by suspending him for 211 games for his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez's attorney, Jordan Siev, argued that the case should be moved back to state Supreme Court, where the lawsuit was initially filed last month.

The case was moved to federal court at the request of MLB, which argued that Rodriguez had signed labor agreements governed by federal law.

MLB attorneys asked the judge to dismiss the case but said they would mount a defense if necessary.

"We would be prepared to defend against every allegation in an appropriate forum," said MLB attorney Joseph Baumgarten.   Continued...

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez awaits his turn in the batting cage prior to their MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith