Yankees' Rodriguez drops lawsuits against MLB

Fri Feb 7, 2014 6:07pm EST
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By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez on Friday abandoned a legal challenge to his record suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, according to court filings.

In documents filed in Manhattan federal court, Rodriguez's lawyers informed the court that he had dropped two lawsuits against Major League Baseball (MLB), one challenging an arbitrator's decision to suspend him for the 2014 season and one accusing baseball investigators of unethical behavior.

The papers did not offer an explanation.

The filings likely mean that the Yankees third baseman will sit out the entire 2014 season.

Rodriguez's attorney, Joe Tacopina, told Reuters on Friday that Rodriguez would not attend Spring Training with the Yankees.

Tacopina declined further comment.

"The statements that were issued say everything that needs to be said," he said in an email.

The players' union, which Rodriguez also had targeted in court for failing to provide him adequate representation, issued a statement praising the slugger for doing "the right thing".   Continued...

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez talks with reporters outside the Lakeland Flying Tigers visitor's clubhouse after reporting for his rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees in Lakeland, Florida in this file photo taken July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Audette/Files