The report that Alex Rodriguez and his handlers are now planning a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball claiming he is being persecuted by commissioner Bud Selig and his drug-enforcement authorities was greeted with both skepticism and bemusement Wednesday by the owners at the quarterly meetings.

Rodriguez who appealed the 211-game suspension MLB handed down on Aug. 5 plans to sue if the league doesn’t recant the entire penalty according to a report on

A-Rod’s appeal is scheduled to be heard by an arbitrator sometime this fall.

“I guess he’s chosen to ignore 100 years of history (in which federal judges have routinely dismissed lawsuits against baseball)” said one team exec.

“He’s suing us now?” said one owner smiling. “That’s interesting. Good luck to him.”

Meanwhile Yankee COO Lonn Trost reaffirmed that the team has merely informed A-Rod that he’ll be disciplined for violating the labor agreement after failing to inform the club he was seeking a second opinion on his quad injury during his rehab a couple weeks ago.

“I read where we fined him $150000” said Trost. “Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s been no determination made on what the discipline will be until after his suspension is resolved. We informed him of that.”