So many chapters to add on when Selena Roberts decides to update her book…
Via the Daily News –
The feds just gave Alex Rodriguez another reason to seriously consider cutting a deal with Major League Baseball.
Federal prosecutors have renewed their interest in Anthony Bosch and his Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, raising the specter of criminal drug distribution charges; if they subpoena Rodriguez, any sworn statements he might make in arbitration while challenging his pending suspension could put him in legal jeopardy.
News of the government’s new scrutiny came Thursday as A-Rod and his advisors were deciding whether to fight MLB’s looming discipline or accept a doping ban the way Brewers star Ryan Braun did last week. MLB and players’ association officials spent Thursday trying to finalize deals with the eight other players who will be suspended, but according to a source, those deals might not be completed until Sunday. If those players accept their 50-game suspensions, they would begin Monday. As of Thursday night, MLB and Rodriguez remained far apart on any kind of settlement, according to sources, although the involvement of the U.S. Attorney puts a different kind of pressure on Rodriguez.
“I think it’s devastating for Alex,” a source familiar with MLB’s investigation into Rodriguez and other ballplayers who are believed to have violated baseball’s collectively bargained drug program told the Daily News. “He would be under oath in an arbitration, and all the evidence baseball has on him would be available to prosecutors.”
MLB investigators have hundreds of emails, text messages and phone records linking Rodriguez to Bosch, sources have told The News, as well as documents and notes indicating transactions, dates and drug purchases. They may also have other evidence reflecting stronger financial ties between Rodriguez and Bosch.
“It’s 100 more reasons for him to settle,” added the source.
The Miami Herald reported on Thursday that prosecutors Patrick Sullivan and Sharad Motiani of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami will lead the investigation and that they have contacted former Biogenesis employee Porter Fischer, who earlier this year leaked documents to a South Florida weekly that linked Rodriguez and the other players to Bosch and his clinic.