In an odd move, embattled Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez decided on Friday, February 7, to drop the lawsuit he had previously brought against the Major League Baseball Association and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, capping off a bizarre drama that has included stolen records, shady money hand-offs and adult tantrums. Since receiving his 211 game suspension and going through arbitration, it seemed as though A Rod was maintaining the premise that he was innocent of the charges that he used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) provided by the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic and that he was the unwitting pawn in a game played by his employers. Now, however, he has filed a voluntary dismissal of the case through his attorney, Joe Tacopina, and will no longer be able to overturn the 162 game suspension that he received after the arbitration process. Is this A Rod’s admission of guilt? Or is this a case of a man so worn down by events that he decided the fight was no longer worth it? Here are some of the likely reasons for his latest move.
1. It was too expensive. In order to go through with his lawsuit, A Rod would have likely paid several million dollars in legal fees. This is on top of the loss of salary during his suspension, and the amount of money he has had to shell out over the course of the Biogenesis scandal. Since he is required to sit out for the entire 2014 season due to his suspension, paying those kinds of fees may not have seemed like a sound decision anymore. Plus, he is set to get $21 million in 2015 and $20 million each season after until his contract is up. For someone who is losing most of his current $25 million salary, those numbers are probably pretty good incentive.
2. He doesn’t want to lose his job. It’s the ultimate slap in the face for any employer: an employee was caught doing wrong, and then they turn around and put the blame on you and sue you when you try to discipline him for it. This drama has played out on the global stage, and mud has been hurled from both sides for months. However, the truth remains that Alex Rodriguez is employed by Major League Baseball and he could be hoping to end the battle he started for the sake of keeping his livelihood. His contract with the New York Yankees doesn’t end until after the 2017 season, which means he’ll have plenty of playing time once he rejoins his team after 2014. Major League Baseball seems to be just fine with keeping the former third baseman on their payroll, even after everything that has happened, and it’s likely A Rod would like to keep it that way.
3. The evidence was not in his favor? Truthfully, it would be pretty hard for anyone to proclaim A Rod’s innocence now. The arbitrator ruled that a suspension, albeit a shorter one, obviously had enough evidence to warrant ruling in favor of the MLB’s decision. Reports and interviews supported not only that A Rod had probably actively tried to throw the blame off himself, but that he has admitted to using performance enhancers in the past and was an active user of PEDs before the scandal, namely human growth hormone, testosterone and Insulin-like growth factor. The arbitrator, Fredric Horowitz, stated that the evidence against A Rod was pretty clear, so any protesting on his part was starting to seem like a person who wasn’t willing to accept the consequences of his choices rather than an innocent man unfairly accused.
In any case, it seems that these and possibly many other factors led to A Rod’s decision to drop his lawsuit against MLB and Commissioner Selig. He’ll have lots of time to ponder the case and his role in it during the upcoming year, since it seems as though he may have a lot of extra (unpaid) time on his hands!