Alex Rodriguez may have listened to the advice of David Cone in not attending spring training for the New York Yankees, because on Friday, following his dismissal of his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, Rodriguez is taking his next step in accepting his fate for 2014.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has reported that Rodriguez's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, announced that the 38-year-old will not attend spring training for the Yankees next week and will stay clear of Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Rodriguez had stated in the past that he would attend spring training for the team even while he was suspended by the league, but has now changed his mind on that stance.
This past week at the Thurman Munson Award Dinner in New York, Cone had said that Rodriguez attending spring training while being suspended would create and cause more drama than the team needed and would make him look even worse, but he did understand why he was facing off against the sport in hopes of getting back onto the field.
With Rodriguez dropping the lawsuit, he has accepted that he will not be playing in 2014, as he had his 211 game suspension from August reduced to 162 games by federal arbitrator Frederic Horowitz last month and while he was once adament about getting his name cleared and wanted to play again, Rodriguez also stated that he had been playing for 20 straight years and could use a break from everything, which preluded to him accepting his punishment and taking the year off.
Rodriguez is still under contract to the Yankees for another three years and $61 million; all of which is guaranteed money. Rodriguez's $25 millon that was owed to him in 2014 does not have to be paid by the Yankees because he is serving the suspension and is wiped off the payroll.
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