On Friday, the 38-year-old former MVP dropped his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association which was set to head to federal court in hopes of getting his 162-game suspension overturned completely. The 162 game ban came as a result of the arbitration hearing which concluded in late November and the ruling was decided last month by arbitrator Fredreric Horowitz. The original suspension to Rodriguez was 211 games.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig originally decided to suspend Rodriguez for 211 games back on August 5 for his alleged involvement in the Miami Biogenesis case in which he was accused of purchasing and using performance enhancing drugs. 12 other players were suspended for 50 games for their involvement as well; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended 65 games, but Rodriguez ended up drawing the stiffest and maybe some feel, the most unfair penalty of them all.
Last month while at a charity event in Mexico, Rodriguez talked about needing a break and thought the year away from baseball after 20 straight years of constant playing may be good for him and he would be able to come back in 2015 with a clean mind and return to the sport and to the Yankees.
With Rodriguez suspended, the Yankees signed veteran Kelly Johnson as a potential replacement to a one-year deal as a placeholder while Rodriguez serves his season-long ban from the sport.
The Yankees are still on hook for another three years and an estimated $61 million to Rodriguez through the 2017 season; that salary is from the 10-year, $275 million deal Rodriguez signed with the Yankees after the 2007 season. The $25 million that Rodriguez was supposed to earn from the team will not have to be paid by the Yankees due to the suspension.
It's very odd to see Rodriguez, after everything he's gone through to try and get this case cleared, simply drop it all out of nowhere and accept his medicine, as some would say. It's quite possible that Rodriguez finally got tired of fighting and was mentally exhausted from having his name dragged through the mud and figured the year away from the league would do him some good.
While some think that the Yankees would cut ties with Rodriguez, others including us here at Yankees 101 think it would be foolish to cut him, especially since he can still be a productive bat in the lineup and is still a must-see draw for the Yankees, so the team may hang onto him because of the drawing power A-Rod still has to the team, to their network and ratings, and for ticket sales all over the country.
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