The New York Daily News is reporting that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez refused to pay Tony Bosch money to help with his legal fees, and as a result he cut a deal with Major League Baseball. Bosch allegedly asked Rodriguez for an amount in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Bosch is the owner of the now defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida that is currently at the center of a massive baseball doping case. Major League Baseball had filed a lawsuit against Bosch, and he needed financial assistance to fight it. He turned to Rodriguez, one of his alleged clients, and the 37-year-old slugger turned down his request for money.
MLB then quickly reached an agreement with Bosch for him to cooperate in its long-running investigation, which could turn out to be the biggest drug scandal in baseball history. Baseball’s league office was worried that if it didn’t work out some kind of deal with Bosch to testify, he might turn to some of his former clients for financial help.
Bosch is expected to provide details on the involvement of his clinic with Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and almost two dozen other players he has reportedly had direct contact with or sent performance-enhancing drugs to.
The accused players will certainly attempt to poke holes in any testimony Bosch gives, given that he may not be the most trustworthy source. But the public will have a tough time believing the players, some of whom (Rodriguez, Braun, Melky Cabrera and several others) have already been connected to performance-enhancing drug use in the past.
Braun and Rodriguez are certainly the big fish in this story, and word came out on Tuesday evening that baseball was preparing to suspend each player for 100 games as a result of what it had learned from Bosch.