MLB has no proof linking Cano to PEDS/Biogenesis in investigation
The name of a Cano publicist came up in an alleged document, as ESPN reported. But unlike with players who were listed, no PEDs were mentioned by her name. So he is not a target of investigators.
Major League Baseball is in no possession of proof or even significant evidence Robinson Cano used the now-defunct clinic Biogenesis or bought PEDs, and the New York Yankees ’ star is in no way seen as a significant figure in MLB’s extensive Miami PED investigation, people familiar with the investigation say.
MLB is investigating Biogenesis, the Miami PED scene and any player with any sort of link at all to the clinic, but Cano is not viewed as a real target of the investigation and apparently has nothing to worry about, as the player has suggested publicly. Cano’s tie to the clinic appears to be either nonexistent or immaterial, based on what MLB investigators have found so far.
While the name of one Cano publicist was found in an alleged Biogenesis record, as ESPN reported, unlike with several other players MLB is investigating, there was no mention at all of Cano in the document -- or even of any PEDs next to the name that was listed. Furthermore, the dollar amount listed by the publicist’s name was such a small amount as to suggest it may well have been related to her own interests in a diet plan, as she has said.
Only $300 was marked on the alleged document by the name of Cano employee Sonia Cruz, too low to suggest any possible PED link and far lower than the amounts listed to the other players who have been linked to Biogenesis. The other players being investigated were also named on the documents, which MLB is now trying to authenticate.
Cano has denied using PEDs or knowing Biogenesis proprietor Tony Bosch, and he recently told Yankees writers, “It has nothing to do with me.’’
Cruz told ESPN she was the one who had limited dealings with the wellness clinic, and she alone. “I met with a nurse who works for the clinic but I met her outside the clinic just to talk to her about a diet program they have for women,’’ Cruz was quoted as telling ESPN. “I never went through with it once she explained what it was. I thought it was just a diet/nutrition thing, but it was diet, nutrition, pills and stuff.’’
Cruz declined further comment through a spokesman of CAA, Cano’s new rep.
MLB people declined comment on its investigation, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman also declined comment.
MLB bought documents thought to be associated with Biogenesis, as the New York Times reported, and baseball investigators are conducting extensive interviews with people connected to the clinic and the case in the hopes of verifying the documents. MLB powers have complained to have been thwarted at least on some fronts by “obvious liars’’ in the seedy scene.
Nonetheless, MLB continues to investigate whether several major leaguers have real ties to Biogenesis, including superstars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun . Other names being looked at include Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz , Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez , Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera , Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta , A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon , San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, Baltimore Orioles utilityman Danny Valencia, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero . All the major-league players have denied buying PEDs from Biogenesis.
Tigers minor-league pitcher Cesar Carrillo was suspended for 100 games by MLB based on evidence gathered in the case. Fifty games is the penalty for a first PED offense, but MLB has leeway on minor leaguers and increased the penalty because they found him uncooperative in his interview with investigators.