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A-Rod drops his lawsuit against the Yankees team doctor

Jun 20, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

You’ll recall that A-Rod sued the Yankees team doctor for medical malpractice. The claim: that he misdiagnosed his left hip injury that rendered him ineffective in the 2012 playoffs and out-of-commission for over half of last season. Well, now it’s over reports Newsday:

“He does not want to have any legal distractions in preparing and entering the new season for the New York Yankees,” Rodriguez lawyer Alan Ripka said in a telephone interview. “That is the sole and only reason why this case is being discontinued.”

The case had been progressing through discovery, so it was premature to say what kind of chance Rodriguez had to prevail. Some believe that the suit itself was part of the posturing in which A-Rod engaged leading up to his suspension in the Biogenesis case. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, but dropping it is in keeping with the low-profile, no-waves approach he’s taken since abandoning the appeal of his suspension. He seems to be trying to maximize his chances of playing next year, and losing the distractions and the usual A-Rod theater would go a long way towards making that happen.

Next up: Lupica or Klapisch rip A-Rod over his lack of commitment for failing to follow through with the case.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Can he somehow blame the roids for making him crazy without admitting he took them? Can he blame cousin Vinnie?

  2. lanflfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    What the heck will this man do once his baseball career ends (probably sooner than he thinks)? Would any network even consider hiring him as an analyst? Would any team ever think about hiring him as a coach? He probably has the money to sit on a beach working on his tan for the rest of his life, but I somehow doubt his ego will let him go off quietly into retirement.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Financially, he is loaded, thanks to baseball and some excellent investments.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Actually, I’ve heard he’s blown a fair amount of his money. And, he was sued over one of his investments … cockroach infestation, IIRC, at an apt. complex in New Jersey.

      • 4cornersfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Cockroach infestation? I knew that Bud had him bugged during the arbitration.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        My bad; no suit (as of yet); just complaints about … well, about being a slumlord, to put it bluntly: http://www.thenation.com/blog/176513/visit-slums-alex-rodriguez

      • genericcommenter - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        As far as him “blowing his money,” I think slumlords tend to do well financially. The lawsuits and fines and stuff are probably figured into the cost of doing business. I don’t think he’s really making bad investments from a purely financial standpoint.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        @Generic: True from the financial side. Sad otherwise.

    • billybawl - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      He’s going to open a chain of storefront nutritional supplement clinic for athletes.

      I keed, I keed. I think Barry Bonds’ life after baseball is probably what he can expect.

      • genericcommenter - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        He’s going to become really skinny and join a sport like cycling, where obviously no one uses PEDs?

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        Well, Lance Armstrong prolly couldn’t do worse at most Yankee IF positions than the current crop, could he?

    • tmc602014 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Hey, Pete Rose just “managed” (stood in the dugout) a minor league team to victory, and Manny Ramirez is helping to shape the hearts and minds of future players. ARod’s post playing career just might surprise you.

      • bigharold - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        If he has the kind of money that has been purported he just might lead a group of investors and buy a team.

        Truth is stranger than fiction.

  3. serbingood - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    He’s on a new 6 month rehab program to get back into playing status. He might need more than 6 months depending if Solarte can keep up the pace that he’s on now. It would be a strange turn of events to have a lifetime minor leaguer replace him as starting 3rd baseman. Karma, it’a all in the Karma.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Solarte? It’s called split stats … OPS of .450 in last two weeks, .550 in last month. Solarte was early May’s news.

    • 4cornersfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Solarte will move to 2nd. He plays there half the time anyway.

      • miguelcairo - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Actually he doesn’t.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I wish he’d sue Michael Bay for making terrible movies instead.

  5. 4cornersfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Look out MLBt!!! Arod is tan, rested and ready, and he has a big chip on his shoulder!!!! Actually, I would settle for a .270 20HR season next year.

  6. bigyankeemike - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    You know what I think might do the trick?

    ARod’s next press conference, lasting all of ten seconds…

    “I was a dick. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again. Let’s play ball.”

  7. 950003cups - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    ARod will never play in a Yankees uniform ever again. They’ll shelve him if need be

    • bigharold - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Even the Yankees can’t eat $60 mil in salary. And, while I like Solarte, I’d wager that ARod can still put up better power numbers than any other Yankee option at. 3B. Last year in less than half a season he hit more HR than EVERYOTHER 3B the Yankess ran out there combined.

      If ARod can still put up decent power numbers he’ll limely see more than his share of DH but he’ll also be the Yankee 3 B. Right now he’d be the best 3B on the roster if eligible. I expect ARod to be on the Yankee roster until at least the end of 2016. Unless he comes back and physically can’t perform he will be in pinstripes for a while.

  8. billybawl - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    At some point, if he shows up to spring training and is physically able to play and can convince people he intends to follow through and actually play, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an agreement to buy out his contract. Even though it’s the Yankees, I also wouldn’t be shocked if MLB contributes something to the buyout on the grounds that nobody other than possibly Rodriguez wants the lead story in 2015 to be about his comeback. That isn’t the happy feelgood farewell tour that’s good for business.

    • bigharold - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      He doesn’t have to negotiate a buy out at all. He shows up, he gets paid. He’s lousy the Yankees might not like it but he gets paid. He demonstrates any ability, he gets paid. Why would the Yankees pay him to play ball elsewhere? If he was eligible tomorrow and showed up with the same ability as last year he’d be an upgrade at 3B and make their line up far better.

      I’m not saying ARod will come back next year and not miss a beat but I don’t think he’ll be a bust either. But, either way the Yankees will be paying him everything he’s due. And, the union would have it no other way. So, I see no reason for ARod to look for a. Uh out.

    • 4cornersfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Not a chance. The Yankees are liable for $61 million through 2017, and they are not going to eat that. And he is the best option that they have for 3B without trading away talent or hiring a FA. The best 3B FA available next year is 37 year old Placido Polanco who hit .260 w/ 1 HR.

    • billybawl - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      I’m not saying ARod would walk away from the money, or that the Yankees would pay him to play for someone else. But I’m saying there is a scenario where it’s not in the Yankees’ — and importantly, not in MLB’s — interest to have him play. I think MLB would have to contribute for the Yankees to do it. It would be an expensive buyout, possibly close to or even a bit more than his salary, and he’d have to agree to retire. Why would anyone pay him money to walk away? Because he’ll be the focus of media throughout the year. It’ll suck attention away from all the positive stories like a black hole. That’s not what the Yankees or MLB want to sell, and there will be a cost to him continuing his career. And even if he’s a fraction of what he used to be, I don’t think he’ll be so good that the Yankees wouldn’t be able to find a reasonable replacement for his skills.

      • bigharold - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        A-Rod not only won’t walk away, he won’t settle for a nickel less than what his contract calls for. Why would he? As far as he’s concerned MLB and the Yankees treated him like crap so why let them off the hook and agree to ANY type of discount?

        MLB can’t unilaterally buy out or help buy out A-Rod. I’m not even certain the CBA would allow for it. The other owners would have to agree, assuming it’s provisioned in the CBA. I see no scenario whereby the other owners would agree to it I think they see this as the Yankees problem not MLB’s so their thinking is likely; ..”why should I pay to help the richest team in MLB, the Yankees, out?” In fact, I bet there are more than a couple of owners that think the Yankees SOP of out spending everybody else, by a wide margin, is what got them into this mess with A-Rod and are quietly gleeful at how it’s playing out. Regardless, I doubt that there is even a small sentiment with the other owners to buy out A-Rod.

        All A-Rod has to do is show up,. Then, good bad or in the middle he’s getting paid, period. I don’t think MLB would do a thing about it even if they could. And, if A-Rod showed up tomorrow with anything like the ability he showed the second half of last year he’d be their best 3B and their cleanup hitter, .. if not number 5.

        A-Rod is not quitting baseball. Being a 10-5 man the Yankees can’t trade him without his permission. So, the only chance he doesn’t finish his career in pinstripes is if it gets towards the end of 2016 he decides that he’d rather finish his career in his hometown Miami and the Yankees trade him, (assuming the Marlins would be interested in a diminished A-Rod for the gate draw). But, even then the Yankees would have to eat likely three quarters of his remaining salary and or get back a Marlin salary dump. I won’t be cheap even then. Also, I see no advantage to A-Rod to not staying in pinstripes. If he thinks there is even the slightest bit of redemption or satisfaction that can be had by coming back after all this and playing well, proving he’s still a star player it can only be done in New York. So, unless he REALLY stinks when he comes back there are no scenarios whereby he won’t be playing for the Yankees for at least the 2015-16 seasons.

  9. dcarroll73 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Since MLB contracts are guaranteed, it would take quite an incentive to convince A-rod to accept a buy-out. If he really wants to play and can produce above any replacement that the Yanks might have, then I am one Yankee fan who would welcome him back. Just because MLB might not like the press coverage, they don’t have a right to block him (if they try this, I would love to see their nonsensical “anti-trust exemption” pulled as a result of the legal proceedings.)

    • billybawl - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      They couldn’t terminate his contract, but money talks. If MLB thinks the cost to their PR machine is greater than what it would take to buy him out, they’ll agree on a price.

  10. mikhelb - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Maybe Cashman or Levine will pull a “Tonya Harding” on ARod next year when spring training approaches, it will in broad daylight, in front of all the team, while on the air in an interview, for an in international tv network, and yet… nobody will “see” a thing of what happened… ;-)

  11. genericcommenter - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    As a Yankees fan, I hope they welcome him back. I really hope they don’t eat his salary just to replace him with some AAAA player. Then again, he might not be much better at that point. Though even diminished A-Rod of the past couple seasons was much better than all other realistic options.

    • 4cornersfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Whatever people say about him he is still a Yankee and the team has always been loyal to its players. The Arod haters are mostly people who buy anything the press and the MLB PR corps shovel out anyway.

      • billybawl - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        I think the recent history shows pretty convincingly that the Yankees wish ARod would disappear. Unless he returns at a superstar level, this won’t be about loyalty, it’ll be solely about $.

      • serbingood - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        Without Jeter next year, someone has to be the poster child for the NY Post. The Yankees will need him for the press coverage. No Jeter, no spin.

        It has been said that bad press is better than no press at all.

        A-Rod will get press coverage; good, bad or whatever. That sells tickets and gets TV coverage.

  12. joestemme - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Fu#K A-Roid and his lawsuit.

    • zzalapski - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      As original as ever, eh?

      • nbjays - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        Hey, he added “and his lawsuit”. That’s a change.

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