A-Rod voluntarily dismisses cases against MLB, MLBPA, and Bud Selig

Eddy: Yankees sign Cole Kimball to minor league deal
Rubin: Drew wants multi-year deal with opt-out after first year

MLB and MLBPA wanted the judge to toss out A-Rod’s suit against them. It appears they’ll get their wish. Today was the deadline for A-Rod and company to respond, and they have voluntarily dismissed the case according to Newsday’s Jim Baumbach. A-Rod also withdrew his October lawsuit against Bud Selig, which alleged a witch hunt.

This seems very odd, given A-Rod’s insistence that he would continue to fight. RAB alum Moshe Mandel notes that A-Rod could re-file or combine the suits, but that’s not certain.

Update: A-Rod’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, confirms that A-Rod will accept his suspension without further argument. He also will not attend Spring Training.

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Eddy: Yankees sign Cole Kimball to minor league deal
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  • The Great Gonzo

    WHAT.

    THE. FUCK.

    This whole situation just keeps getting stranger.

  • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Well. That was….anticlimactic.

    I wonder if MLB threatened to leak all the evidence.

    Also, I fucking still hate Selig.

    • Dale Mohorcic

      A-Rod leaked it already himself by filing the lawsuit and attaching everything to the complaint.

  • Havok9120

    This seems an awful lot like the worst of all possible worlds.

    Get Ben in here to explain why it isn’t!

    • brian

      well, I’m not Ben… but why is this bad?

      He isn’t going to be allowed to play until 2015, period.

      So why not just quit wasting time and money on lawyers fees, relax, enjoy the year off and be ready to go next year

      • Havok9120

        Because he’s basically admitting the entire crusade of his was a fraud and that he’s been lying the entire time.

        Because he’s already pissed off everyone involved so much that dropping the suit now does nothing to repair the burned bridges.

        Because withdrawing the suit is not “the end” he promised to fight till.

        Because I wanted to keep watching the nonsense in a nonchalant “don’t really care” kind of way.

        • brian

          But EVERYONE knew he was guilty and it was just about the unfair number of games and treatment…

          • Havok9120

            Which is also pretty important, even setting aside everything he’s said from the start.

            • I’m One

              I’m guessing part of it has to do with him having ANY possibility of returning in 2015. If he carried on with this, there was probably no chance he would ever play again. Now at least there’s a small chance.

              • forensic

                I’m not so sure this has a huge effect on his chances of playing in 2015. Maybe there’s a little bit there, but not much.

                I think the big one for that is what happens with his lawsuit against the Yankees doctor.

        • forensic

          Because he’s basically admitting the entire crusade of his was a fraud and that he’s been lying the entire time.

          Not really, he’s just showing that he finally got the right advice that he basically has no chance at winning the suit/appeal.

          • Wicomico Pinstripes

            Agreed.

          • Gonzo

            He could also be scared of discovery and a possible perjury charge. We can’t be certain why.

          • RetroRob

            He might have just opened his mail and saw how much his legal team was charging him for a losing case.

            Half joking…half.

          • Captain Turbo

            This. He knows he can’t win against the corrupt Selig and his MLB goon squad.

        • Ramondo

          Maybe he’s just as tired of this as we all are. Time to move forward and start with the 2014 season.

  • brian

    Good for Arod… just enjoy the year off and get ready for 2015

  • Dan

    Suck it, A-Rod!

    • Amelia

      My guess is you got nothing to suck on anyway. Also, try next time to act older than 5 years old. I understand that is probably impossible for you.

      • Dan

        Your mother would disagree with you. HEYOOO!!!!

        • Dan in Athens

          Quality

  • fin

    Seems like Arod decided that spending a shit ton of money on what sure seemed like a lost cause was not worth it in the end. I have to also imagine that the blow back he received from the players in regards to him having to include MLBPA in the suit had something to do with it as well. In the end it sure seems like the right move for Arod. He can now lay low, rehab, get in shape and get ready for the 2015 season. If he kept up the strategy hes employed since he was suspended he most likely ends up a pariah and no team would have him. Time for him to lay low, shut up, and hope after a year out of the headlines the Yankees or another team let him play in 2015.

  • Short Porch

    Glass half full for him — he cheated baseball out of hundreds of millions by juicing, and now can just walk away. He was so close to baseball immortality. Oh well. Dreams die hard.

    • Wheels

      Cheated baseball out of hundreds of millions? Maybe, but he and the other juicers also helped baseball make millions by putting butts in the seats. Let’s be fair.

    • Captain Turbo

      Right. And chicks hate the long ball. Get real.

  • TWTR

    Alex is still less slimy than Selig.

    • brian

      it’s a push

      Hate Selig… but never heard about him being a slum landlord, can’t say that about Arod

      • TWTR

        A-Rod is only responsible for his own PED usage. Selig presided over the entire money-making PED era, and as a result, is in no position to credibly cleanup the game. So I view him as far more damaging to the integrity of the sport.

        • brian

          I don’t disagree… but the true blame lies with the owners… who of course, get no blame whatsoever

          Such is life when you have billions of dollars in a country where everything is money

          • vicki

            that one country where everything is money?

            • brian

              well, obviously money is important anywhere you go..

              but a free market capitalist society is specifically designed so that EVERYTHING is money

              other countries place more of an emphasis on land and/or power

              • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

                And common sense…

        • Marcus

          Seems like there is an investigative piece screaming to be written by some intrepid journalist: find people who had access to Bud Selig that heard him acknowledge steroid use well before he started doing anything about it.

          • Kiko Jones

            THIS.

            But don’t expect it from Verducci or any of the talking heads on MLBN.

  • EndlessJose

    Selig’s legacy is now secure and A-Rod will take on the whole Steorid era.

    • Fin

      I don’t understand where all this thinking about Selig was going to be let off the hook just because Arod got in trouble. Everyone knows Selig was at the helm and looked the other way, that isn’t and was never going to go away. Just like if Arod comes back and finishes his career strong, no one is going to forget his steroid use. I’m all for fighting the man, but people take it to a new level when they defend people like Arod.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    Tacopino also said that Arod will not attend spring training, I’m guessing we don’t get a statement or even a comment on this until 2015.

  • Chip

    Unfortunately, he also won’t be in spring training. I was looking forward to that train wreck

    I’ll bet A-Rod was highly pressured by the MLBPA to cut this crap out if he wants to play in 2015. Knowing how much A-Rod seems to love playing, I would imagine he think he’s coming back.

    • TWTR

      I am going to give the credit to Jeter…just because.

    • vicki

      #chip

      • Chip Rodriguez

        See you in 2015, I guess. Do I need a new s/n for this season now?!

    • brian

      Good point about the MLBPA…

      Al Leiter, who likes Arod and is pretty ‘tame’ in front of a microphone… actually used the expression “how dare you”

      That wasn’t going over well to a bunch of colleagues who knew the man was cheating

      • vicki

        because they didn’t grasp that the mlb/selig suits would go nowhere, even on the slimmest of chances, if he didn’t allege impropriety on the union’s part. it was a move; that’s all.

        • brian

          yeh… it was his only move… but that doesn’t mean it was going to sit well with the other MLB players, particularly the ones who want to play clean

        • jim p

          And he could have taken the other move. Weigh the likely impact on his peers; the huge unlikelihood of winning, or even getting a hearing, and then ask himself ‘is this a good thing to proceed with?’

          Nothing stopped him from that move; it looks like it didn’t occur to him.

      • forensic

        I doubt there was any additional pressure on him from the MLBPA, beyond their already public comments and responses. It’s already well known where he sits in regards to the Union and the majority of other players out there. This may help a touch with the Union in general, but it likely won’t do much in regards to how other players think of him.

  • forensic

    I usually like Kay, but he’s trying to compare this to being falsely accused of a crime (in a legal/jail time sense) and to how Clemens has supposedly fought the whole way and not given up claims of innocence. That’s totally wrong.

    First, this is totally different than being falsely accused in a legal sense. Of course you’re going to keep fighting that if you’re innocent. A-Rod isn’t facing a year (or more) in prison. It’s “just” a year suspension vs. spending a ton of his money on it, as well as having to sue your own Union to have a chance to succeed.

    Second, Clemens never faced a potential suspension or anything like this. He’s just sitting at home saying he never did anything, without actually having to actively battle for it.

    Neither one is even close to a good comparison.

    • TWTR

      Kay is unctuous.

      • MikeB.

        Kay is indeed slimy. I’ve never liked him.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    ARod dropped the suit voluntarily?

    Cashman failed.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      This.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    What’s the the over/under date by which Alex Rodriguez will start to claim that he was misled by his lawyers and that he shouldn’t be blamed for his actions as a result?

  • Wicomico Pinstripes

    Side Note: Steven Drew is willing to take multi-year offer with opt-out after first year.

    Andrew Mearns over at Pinstripe Alley wants Drew even more now. He says the current projection for the NYY infield is at 1.3 fWAR while Drew himself is at 3.4 fWAR. Now if Drew was a regular third basemen I’d be all for this considering the price tag and what NYY would be giving up, a second round draft pick. Only thing I’m not sure about is Drew’s positional value. He definitely won’t be worth as much as a full time third basemen.

    Another argument is he may be worth more to NYY considering how close they are to being projected as a playoff team and their lack of talent at the second and third base positions.

    What sat ye RAB?

    • Chip Rodriguez

      At this point I’m happy cheering for Sizemore and Johnson. Drew is not going to hit that much outside Fenway, and he made it clear earlier he didn’t want to be a Yankee when he turned down a higher offer to go to Boston, so eh, fuck him.

    • RetroRob

      The 3.4 WAR would be based on his position at SS. It would be lower at third. The 3.4 WAR is also pretty much his ceiling. It’s not as if he’s been cranking out 3+ WAR seasons during his career.

      I’m more than fine if he was on the team at the right price. The opt-out is a smart move because it will allow Drew to file for free agency again after next year without having to worry about the qualifying offer.

      • forensic

        Even if a guy opts out, you can still make a QO. Just like the Yankees did with Rafael Soriano when he opted out before last season.

        • RetroRob

          Yup, I forgot about that.

    • forensic

      I didn’t really want him before, but the opt-out makes me want him even less. Now you’re stuck with him if he can’t hit outside of Fenway or gets hurt again and you lose him if he does well.

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    A-rod’s made more money than most of us will make in 100 lifetimes, and all I can think of is the amount of money this guy cost himself. I’m referring to “settling” for a negotiated, lesser amount of games before all of these litigious proceedings began….. Which I vaguely remember was possible, and not to mention all of the millions in legal fees he’s incurred…… Pobrecito (sniff, sniff) !

  • Dan

    Looking to next year, A-Rod is probably going to try to come back, and assuming the Yankees do not want to eat the $61 million left, how do his teammates receive him next year?

    I’m particularly thinking about all of the turnover this year (no more Cano, adding Ellsbury, Beltran, Tanaka, and Mr. Unwritten Rule Enforcer, Brian McCann); and whatever turnover will happen before next season. He won’t know most of the team, and won’t have a reserve of good will from him being a decent teammate over the years. It’ll be interesting to see what happens (and if it impacts what the Steinbrenners do regarding a buyout).

  • Darren

    Did we ever get a definitive answer as to whether ARod is allowed to play for an independent league this year? Practice with college teams? It seems like putting everything else aside, if MLB doesn’t allow a player to participate in SOME sort of baseball activities during a year long suspension, it’s effectively even more of a punishment than one year due to the after effects of the layoff. Also, when is he officially allowed to rejoin the Yankees, as in, do work at the complex, etc.?

    And what’s silly is that when all is said and done, the Yankees should WANT Arod to go to (minor league) spring training. Because I guarantee he is going to want to play in 2015, and if they’re paying him $28mm, they damn well should want him to be in good enough shape as possible.

    Anyway, this whole thing sucked. Selig, ARod, the fake protesters, Tacopina and his buffoonery, Manfred, everybody. This was like being at an orgy with GG Allin and Chuck Berry. A real shitshow.

    • RetroRob

      I thought JoePos did a nice recap story on this mess as it related to the 60 Minutes piece. Everyone came out looking bad. A-Rod, Selig, Manfred, Bosch (of course!), and even Scott Pelley.

      http://joeposnanski.com/joeblo.....es-report/

  • RetroRob

    I always understood why A-Rod challenged the ruling, even though I believe he’s guilty. He got to play last year coming off the surgery, and he had the chance of reducing the suspension. He accomplished both.

    I never understood the most recent lawsuits against MLB and the Players’ Union. He had no chance of winning them, and he was continuing to spend money for this high-priced team, while alienating himself further. He should have just moved on sooner.

    • Kiko Jones

      The MLB suit was to try and demonstrate a witch hunt led by Selig as a legacy shopper after presiding and looking the other way during The Steroid Era, while using A-Rod as poster child for his crusade.

      The MLBPA suit was to reaffirm the union rolling over and playing dead for MLB, letting them get away with an exorbitant, unprecedented and non-negotiated penalty against one of their members just b/c he’s an unpopular player and they didn’t have the stomach to deal with negative public opinion.

      But A-Rod backed out of both and by folding, cemented the perception, even among those formerly in his corner, of a cheater and liar, who went back on his word to fight til the better end.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Does dropping the suit against MLB also include his suit against the Yankees?

    • forensic

      Nope.

      • forensic

        And I should specify, he’s not suing the Yankees, he’s suing the Yankees doctor.

  • forensic

    Hopefully he’s getting his hips and everything all checked out. If you’re going to be out for the year anyway, you might as well have whatever surgery or follow-ups might be needed done now and have a full year to rehab and recover rather than waiting longer.

    • Now Batting

      Tangent question: as a suspended player is A-Rod still obligated to provide drug test samples under the CBA?

      • RetroRob

        Yes. Pretty sure I read that.

      • forensic

        Yes, all suspended players actually undergo additional follow-up tests, in addition to the normal mandatory tests, over the 12 months following their violation.

  • mustang

    Finally someone is advising and A-Rod is finally listening to some sound advice. Take the year off stay healthy, in shape and out of the sight (a enormous step for A-Rod). Come back and try to be humble ask for forgiveness while playing out whatever is left of his career.
    Personally I’m just glad the whole fucking thing is done with.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      I picture him pulling a Joaquin Phoenix at this point. Funny.

  • Michael

    I think Arod just made anyone who supported his position look like a fool. He has contradicted so many of his own defense points and statements with his lies that anyone who gives credence to anything he says is just blind to the facts. Yet there are plenty, even on this blog, who are still trying to tie some logic to his actions….he cheated, he’s guilty, he lied, he lost.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      I don’t think anyone thought he was actually innocent of most if not all of the charges. The position that many, or at least I, took, is that Selig picked a heck of a time, person, and method of trying to reshape his own image. Don’t confuse the two please.

      • Kiko Jones

        THIS.

  • Mickey Scheister

    So what if A-Rod spends the 2014 season overseas or wherever Colon got his plasma rich stem-cell treatment and caused him to turn back the clock…and gets on the best steroid regiment ever, and comes back with a head bigger than Bonds, yet passes every drug test and leaves no trail. I can dream. Do it A-Rod…do it!

    • Eselquetodolosabe

      Head bigger than Bonds ? …….. Bob’s Big Boy !

  • Gonzo

    After thinking about it some more, I bet this was the plan from the start. He never was going to go scorched earth, but he had to sell it real hard in an attempt to get a concession from the league. They called his bluff and he withdrew.

    As pointed out, it could be anything though. Maybe he knew it was a waste money, he was scared of discovery, he didn’t want to give testimony, etc…

    P.S. This is the second time A-Rod has avoided giving testimony. Maybe Selig not appearing in the CBA hearing that was the real deal breaker. Maybe it was a convenient excuse. Who knows.

    • radnom

      It was an excuse. In the interview with Francessa directly after Arod left the proceedings, his lawyers avoided directly confirming that Arod would testify if Selig did. They knew Selig wouldn’t come, and no one expected him to until his lawyers started complaining in the media weeks in advance. They were never going to let Arod testify, because the evidence against him was overwhelming. It was all a PR maneuver, and it worked on a lot of people.

      • Gonzo

        That’s my guess.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Still don’t give a shit.

  • J

    The judge may have conferenced the case and told Arod’s lawyers that their case was going no where and that they might face sanctions for pursuing a frivolous claim. Cases end that way. I wonder whether the one year suspension is better or worse that MLB’s best (pre-arbitration) settlement offer. Probably not.

  • Genghis McKahn

    Hopefully its the first step on a long road to simply disappearing from the public eye a la Bonds, Sosa, Clemens, and all the other guys who put their personal stats and salaries above everything else including their reputations, health, legacies, and the integrity of the game itself. Just another chapter to the Steroid Era, an unfortunate period of time where several misguided men (officials, owners, players, etc.) either took banned and illegal substances or looked the other way for the sake of improving business. In the end there are no winners, only losers — baseball fans being the biggest losers of all. Selig finally caught somebody and Alex still has more millions to collect, regardless of whether he ever plays the game again. Yay, baseball.

  • Holy Ghost

    He finally got some good advice.

    Ending the litigation and taking a year off increases his chances of returning to the Yanks in 2015