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Alex Rodriguez dismisses his lawsuit against MLB, MLBPA

Feb 7, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

This is pretty unexpected. Alex Rodriguez has filed a notice with the court dismissing his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the the MLBPA.  It’s a voluntary dismissal pursuant to Federal Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(i), which means that he can re-file it at a later date if he wishes to.

There is no explanation with the notice as to why A-Rod dismissed the suit. There can be any number of explanations, actually. Some tactical, I presume, but there is no obvious advantage to him doing this now apart from the fact that he was supposed to respond today to the MLBPA’s motion to have the claims against it dismissed. Now he doesn’t need to. But he will if and when he brings the suit again. And, of course, if he doesn’t, his suspension stands as-is and it’s the same as if he’s lost the case.

Major League Baseball just issued the following statement. It believes this is over for good:

 “We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter.  We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players.  We share that desire.”

And it may very well be.  One reason parties might dismiss a case without prejudice: settlement talks are afoot. I wouldn’t believe for a second that settlement talks between A-Rod and MLB are going on now — why would MLB bother? — but maybe A-Rod and the union are talking for some reason.  Another possibility: A-Rod didn’t file the case seeking injunctive relief (i.e. seeking an immediate order to have his suspension stopped and a quick hearing on the matter). Perhaps he refiles in order to get such an order.

Another possibility? A-Rod wants everything to just stop. He — or his lawyers — are leaving an out in case minds change sometime soon, but if A-Rod woke up this morning, called his lawyers and said “stop the case, I’m done” this is what they’d probably file. Followed by a dismissal with prejudice once everyone had a chance to meet and talk about it.

But no matter the motivation, my guess is that the Biogenesis case is over.

  1. keltictim - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    When will the steroid era finally be over? So sick of everything PED related. Institute a lifetime ban first offense and let’s be done with it.

  2. gowhitten - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Maybe we can get that hotshot sports lawyer, Mike Florio’s opinion.

  3. johnnycantread - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    A wise man once said: “When you find yourself in a hole, the best thing to do is to stop digging.”
    Looks like A-Rod stopped digging.

  4. righthandofjustice - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    If you read the comments from MLB and MLBPA you should be able to tell they expected the dismissal announcement. That means, MLB is doing what they did to all the previous lawsuits filed against them by baseball people – paying for some of the damages they brought to the plaintiffs in an undisclosed agreement, only to be leaked later.

  5. elvin2014 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Many people has taken PEDs….

    If you have taken aspirins then you are a PEDs user….

  6. louhudson23 - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Unexpected? By whom? It was baseless and had no chance of succeeding. Moral of the story,don’t slink through the back alleys dragging your millions behind you in your dogged desire to break the rules…..

  7. aldante66 - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Unexpected? What planet are you from. His attorneys raced into court to demand all the evidence from the arbitrator hearing be sealed from the public and the judge in a heartbeat said no way. He does not want the sports writers to hear and see if or if he had any chance at the hall that is out the window.
    All this crap is about the Hall, the reason he did the alleged drugs in the first place. Cement the Hall.

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