Alex Rodriguez set to drop MLB, Bud Selig, union lawsuits

By Kyle Johnson,

Alex Rodriguez is ending the fight over his doping suspension and will be dropping his lawsuits directed at Major League Baseball, the players' union and commissioner Bud Selig.

The New York Yankee third baseman's lawyer confirmed the announcement, which effectively guarantees that Rodriguez will sit out the upcoming 2014 season, reports the New York Times.

The MLB released a statement saying, "We believe that Mr. Rodriguez's actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Rodriguez filed lawsuits in January after an arbitrator on the case reduced his sentence, but it still included the whole 2014 season, as well as the playoffs if the Yankees were to qualify.

Rodriguez had been suspended in the aftermath of the Biogenesis scandal and also for "attempting to cover up his violations" of MLB's drug policy. His suspension is the longest ever, despite being reduced from 211 games to 162.

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