Via the Times -
Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with officials from Major League Baseball on Sunday. The officials want to know who provided him with performance-enhancing drugs and whether that person had access to major league clubhouses.
Three people who know about the details of the meeting confirmed that it was still scheduled to take place, despite comments Saturday by Yankees Manager Joe Girardi that Rodriguez wanted to have the meeting postponed. Rodriguez said he expected to play in Sunday’s exhibition game in Sarasota. “I’m on the 9 o’clock bus,” he said.
Rodriguez will be interviewed by Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s top drug-testing official, and members of baseball’s department of investigations. An official for the players union and at least one of Rodriguez’s lawyers will attend the meeting.
Along with questioning him about where he received the banned substances, the officials want to know about his relationship with the trainer Ángel Presinal, who has been accused of distributing steroids to major league players.
Although Presinal has been barred from major league clubhouses, many players continue to train with him, including Rodriguez, who worked with him as recently as 2007.
There’s a part of me that thinks this whole thing is about Ángel Presinal – and baseball wants to crack this guy. And, for now, A-Rod is a way to try and get more on Presinal.
Betcha Rodriguez says nada about Ángel Presinal. Why should he – unless baseball cuts Alex a deal or something?
But, if A-Rod says nothing on Presinal; and, then, somehow baseball and/or the feds get their hands on Presinal…well, Rodriguez better hope that Ángel is more like Greg Anderson and less like Joe Valachi…because, if Presinal has some post-2003 dirt on Alex, then it’s a whole new ballgame on the A-Rod PED scandal.
And, if it’s proven that Alex was using something in 2007, it would not shock me to see the Yankees try and use that to void out his contract (or, at the least, try and get his salary reduced) – especially if baseball then tries to suspend Rodriguez for using post-2003.