Reports linking Alex Rodriguez to a Coral Gables, Fla. anti-aging clinic owner alleged to have supplied at least five other big-league players with performance-enhancing drugs may have provided the New York Yankees with an opening to escape the remainder of Rodriguez’s contract.
While declining to comment on the allegations, the Yankees, according to ESPN, are exploring ways to void the five years and $114 million left on the 10-year, $275 million deal Rodriguez signed with the team after the 2007 season. Rodriguez admitted using PEDs from 2001-03 while a member of the Texas Rangers when the Yankees opened spring training in ’09. He’d redeem himself later that year, in part, by helping the Bronx Bombers win their 27th World Series title.
But the Miami New Times reported earlier this week that it obtained payment records and handwritten notebooks indicating that Anthony Bosch, owner of the now defunct Biogenesis of America clinic, sold Rodriguez human growth hormone and other banned substances over the past four seasons (2009-12). A New York Daily News report Wednesday numbered Bosch’s professional sports clients at 50. The five other MLB players who’ve reportedly purchased banned substances from Bosch are Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal.
Acting on Rodriguez’s behalf Tuesday, Sitrick and Company, a public relations firm which specializes in crisis management, issued the following statement: “The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate.”
Major League Baseball has launched an investigation into the matter. Rodriguez, who is recovering from hip surgery and not expected back until June or July, faces a 50-game suspension without pay should he be found to have indeed acquired PEDs from Bosch.