New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez agreed to pay $12,000 monthly for the next four years to receive performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Miami New Times, and had been receiving injections from the director of a wellness clinic, according to ESPN.
Anthony Bosch, who operated the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., personally injected Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs at his mansion on Biscayne Bay every few weeks, a source told ESPN. Bosch, who has publicly denied servicing Rodriguez, spoke openly about his relationship with Rodriguez, which the Miami New Times originally reported Tuesday.
Rodriguez again Friday, denied the allegations through a spokesman.
Bosch was operating one of several wellness clinics in South Florida that Major League Baseball investigators targeted in the last eight months. Major League Baseball, frustrated by not having subpoena power, turned over its findings to the Drug Enforcement Agency, according to a high-ranking MLB official.
The Miami New Times, obtaining records and documents by a former employee, also reported that Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays, Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Yasmani Grandal of the San Diego Padres and Bartolo Colon of the Oakland A's also received performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch. Cabrera, Grandal and Colon all tested positive last year and received 50-game suspensions.
Cabrera began receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch since 2009, according to the Miami New Times.
Also, in an explosive letter obtained by the Miami New Times, Bosch claims Cabrera owes him $14,000 -- including a $5,000 bonus for making the All-Star team. Cabrera was named MVP of the game.
The letter was addressed to Juan Nunez, a consultant who worked for agents Sam and Seth Levinson of ACES. The Levinsons still are under investigation by MLB, but were cleared by the MLB Players Association.
"Anyone who knows us, knows that it is absolutely ridiculous to think that we would ever condone the use of performance-enhancing drugs,'' Seth Levinson said in a prepared statement. "We have represented many hundreds of players over 25 years, and our track record makes it perfectly clear that we do things the right way. ACES long ago stopped using Juan Nunez as an independent contractor, and he plays no role whatsoever in ACES' ongoing representation of any professional baseball player."
Nunez, fired from ACES, has declined to comment publicly to USA TODAY.
Gonzalez and Cruz also have denied the Miami New Times' story.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who spoke to Outside the Lines, was asked if A-Rod will be a Yankee when he returns from the disabled list:
"He's a Yankee. There's no doubt about that. He's signed a contract as a member of the New York Yankees. In terms of the pure facts as we know them today, there is nothing that changes that. ... If there is a situation that impacts anybody's player that Major League Baseball finds, everyone will focus on what that means to them individually as well as team-wise. It's business as usual right now."
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