Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez wants his prenuptial agreement with his wife enforced in their divorce and charges that he cheated on her removed from the record, the New York Daily News reports.
In court papers obtained by the Daily News, A-Rod's side responds point by point to Cynthia Rodriguez's July 7 divorce filing.
Alex Rodriguez admits the marriage is "irretrievably broken," but says that because Florida is a no-fault divorce state, he doesn't have to say why and he's not going to.
C-Rod's allegations that he "emotionally abandoned his wife and children" and that the pair broke up because of his "extramarital affairs and other marital misconduct" are "immaterial and impertinent and should be stricken," the papers say.
The documents are expected to be filed Thursday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court in Florida. In her petition to the court, Cynthia asked for the couple's $12 million waterfront estate and "equitable distribution" of all assets acquired during the marriage.
While naming no figure, she petitioned for alimony and child support, including such benefits as life and health insurance and private schools — suggesting she be able to maintain the "high standard of living" A-Rod has provided his family so far.
Rodriguez, whose 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees makes him baseball's highest-paid player, says several times in the response he wants the prenup enforced.
"Husband denies any duty to support wife beyond those obligations specifically set out in the parties' prenuptial agreement," the papers say.
When it comes to the children, A-Rod says he "has been paying, and will continue to pay ... reasonable and bona fide expenses" for daughters Natasha, 3, and Ella, 3 months.
And he had nice things to say about his wife's maternal abilities.
"Husband admits and acknowledges that wife is a loving and nurturing mother," the papers say. "Husband is confident that he and wife will be able to continue to work with one another to co-parent their children together and that they will be able to agree upon a time-sharing schedule ... without the need for court intervention."