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Agent Scott Boras blasted Major League Baseball on Monday, saying the sport's deal with Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch will only embolden other "pushers" to distribute performance-enhancing drugs to players.

Boras, the former agent for Alex Rodriguez, was agitated as he spoke on the phone, telling FOX Sports that baseball is wrong to prosecute players while entering relationships with their suppliers.

Bosch, the principal witness who helped baseball secure a 162-game suspension of Rodriguez, detailed Sunday night on "60 Minutes" how he injected the New York Yankees third baseman with drugs and administered his doping program.

Baseball committed at least $1.8 million to provide security for and cover the legal fees of Bosch, according to New York magazine.

"The integrity of the game is only partially served when a known pusher is exonerated, when the genesis of this entire problem is now given a forum and compensation and is not behind bars for the distribution and promoting the use of illegal drugs, not only to baseball players but all members of the sporting community and youth," Boras said.

"Until we rectify that problem, we have not addressed the central issue of eradicating PEDs from professional sports. We have to have legislation; we have to have very clear authority and prosecution of these individuals.

"If these individuals go free, it promotes behavior to create processes to distribute PEDs, knowing the league's focus is on the players, not on the distributors of drugs."

Major League Baseball officials declined comment. Those officials have said previously that their only authority in these matters stems from the collective-bargaining agreement and Joint Drug Agreement and that they cannot act as an arm of law enforcement.
 

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