Report: A-Rod snub led Bosch to MLB
Anthony Bosch, owner of the infamous South Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of Major League Baseball’s latest PED scandal, decided to side with MLB’s investigation after New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez refused to bow to Bosch’s demands for money, according to a story in the New York Daily News.
The Biogenesis scandal first came to light in a January report by the Miami New Times, which uncovered documents allegedly implicating nearly two dozen MLB players.
On Tuesday, ESPN reported that MLB is seeking to suspend about 20 players connected to Biogenesis, which has been accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
The players union is prepared to vigorously defend the accused players. According to the Daily News, the union is also likely to go after Bosch and his deal with MLB.
The Daily News said Bosch asked A-Rod for financial help after MLB filed a lawsuit against him in March alleging that he had sold performance-enhancing drugs to major league players.
When Rodriguez snubbed Bosch, who reportedly requested hundreds of thousands of dollars, the embattled clinic owner agreed to cooperate with MLB’s investigation, the report states.
MLB, which reached an agreement this week with Bosch, has agreed to drop a lawsuit it had filed against Bosch earlier this year and “put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that may bring charges against him.” MLB plans to meet with Boesch on Friday.
Bosch is expected to provide MLB with information on Rodriguez, Brewers superstar outfielder Ryan Braun and previously suspended Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays), Bartolo Colon (A’s) and Yasmani Grandal (Padres), among about 20 players.
The US Attorney in Miami has shown interest in opening an investigation into Bosch, according to the Daily News.