On the subject of MLB's reported purchase of documents related to the controversial Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the league suspects Alex Rodriguez of purchasing documents, presumably for the purposes of destroying them. Rodriguez's alleged maneuverings are what prompted MLB to pay a former Biogensis employee for access to clinic records.
Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times -- co-author of the original Times report -- writes:
Investigators for Major League Baseball have uncovered what they believe is evidence that a representative of Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records from a person connected to a South Florida anti-aging clinic that is suspected of providing performance-enhancing drugs to a number of major leaguers, according to two people briefed on the matter.
Needless to say, if this report is accurate, then this is bad news for Rodriguez, as he'd be materially interfering with an MLB investigation.
Rodriguez's camp has already responded to the allegations:
Alex Rodriguez spokesman Terry Fahn flatly denies the allegations that A-Rod purchased or arranged to purchase Biogensis documents.— Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) April 12, 2013
Rodriguez, who's recovering from hip surgery, is on the Yankees' 60-day disabled list. It's not certain when he'll be able to play again, although some estimates put him back by the second half. If this story has legs, though, consider his status uncertain for other reasons.
UPDATE: T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN say that although MLB's investigators were told A-Rod purchased documents, they do not have any physical evidence. They also report that while MLB has obtained documents from Biogenesis, it is unclear if they paid for them.