Posted June 07, 2013

Report: MLB secures cooperation agreement with Biogenesis clinic owner

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MLB reportedly secured an agree with Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch to tell what he knows about PED distribution. (Getty Images)

MLB reportedly secured an agree with Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch to tell what he knows about PED distribution. (Getty Images)

Major League Baseball secured a cooperative agreement with Anthony Bosch, the founder of the South Florida clinic at the center of an ongoing performance-enhance drug scandal, reports ESPN.com.

Bosch is expected to tell what he knows about the possible distribution of PED’s to athletes. Bosch previously denied any knowledge of suspected PED distribution at the now-closed Biogenesis clinic.

The attorney for Carlos Acevedo, was named with Bosch and three others in a civil suit brought by MLB in March, told ESPN he has filed a motion to have his client dismissed from the suit. Acevedo’s attorney Martin Beguiristain expects his motion to be heard Wednesday in a Miami-Dade County circuit court.

MLB is seeking suspensions, including 100-game bans for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, for numerous MLB players for having connections with Bosch and for lying about those connections.

More from ESPN.com:

“They haven’t sat down with me, much less got anywhere near my client, other than sending investigators to his house to bang on the door,” Beguiristain said. “And threatening him and intimidating him. It is like they think they are the federal government. No, they went about this all wrong in regards to my client.”


9 comments
Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough

I want to see actual proof.... blood samples, video, receipts... and more before we talk about suspensions. Sure, these guys probably are involved in some shady drugs but MLB, who for years has done nothing and Selig is under pressure to produce something has thrown out all these accusations. Show me a failed drug test or a written confession first. I don't like drugs in the game but before you slam someone, you should have concrete evidence. Selig is a plague. 

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

"The attorney for Carlos Acevedo, (who) was named with Bosch in a civil suit...filed a motion," right?  

JJ_Baseball
JJ_Baseball

Whether these players wrangle out of trouble or not, my viewpoint is, if it smells like fish, it probably is fish.  Now, if baseball is really serious about getting PED's out of baseball, institute lifetime ban for a first offense.  A first offense would consist of several follow up tests to ensure it was not a random anomaly.  The player in question would not be informed of the first failed test to maintain the integrity of the evaluation process.  In other words, he won't have a chance to get himself for any subsequent testing.  A swift lifetime ban should keep anyone with half a brain from going anywhere near PEDS, so it would be an effective deterrent.  Secondly, make a PED cheat pay back his contract.  Again, with this kind of threat hanging over their heads, you would have to be a complete fool to go anywhere near the stuff, no matter how advanced the science behind it becomes.  It simply is not worth the risk.  By hitting them in the pocketbook, it will force players to really weigh the risks because the consequences are so dire.  If integrity of the game is what is trying to be maintained, then extreme measures have to be taken.  

jlee912
jlee912

anyone else think he looks like jose bautista in this picture?

j7apple
j7apple

Player attorneys will have a field day with Bosch credibility...Like MLB, they have deep pockets as well..Could they find the players guilty of association? Maybe..No way in all the green grass will they get suspended for using PED's unless there is a actual positive drug test. Take that to the bank.

bilmar318
bilmar318

I'd love to see the MLB get rid of these cheaters, but, sorry, MLB leaders, your plan won't work.  

First, Bosch denied any knowledge of PED distribution.  Now, for the right amount of money, he clearly remembers everything.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JJ_Baseball Have you followed the activities of the players union for the past forty years or so?   Strongest union on the planet.   Lifetime ban for first offense?   Pay back a contract?   Good luck.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@bilmar318 - You don't think he'll produce the paperwork for everything he'll tell MLB to back his story up.  The timeline and time-frames will seal the deal on the cheaters.

doghockey
doghockey

@JerryBelle Not a question of a paper trail.  Fact is, at one point he denied everything, and suddenly his memory changed and he is ready to tell stories and produce documentation.  The players lawyers will have a field day with the credibility of anything that he says or produces.