MLB, players buy documents from ex-Biogenesis staffers
MLB's investigation into the Biogenesis Clinic in South Florida has taken a turn for the bizarre. MLB and unidentified players are now buying documents from a former clinic employee.
In its ongoing investigation into alleged performance-enhancing drug use by multiple players, Major League Baseball has purchased documents from former employees of the Miami clinic at the center of the allegations, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.
Sources tell Michael S. Schmidt and Steve Eder of the New York Times that MLB purchased the Biogenesis Clinic documents in part because several players who presumably stand to be incriminated by the investigation are themselves buying clinic documents so as to destroy them. Schmidt and Eder write:
In addition, the two people said, baseball has now provided payments to former employees of the clinic who have cooperated with the sport’s investigators. The payments were for the time they provided to the investigators, the two people said, and, in each instance, were not believed to have exceeded several thousand dollars.
Among those named in the original New Times report are Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon, Ryan Braun and Yasmani Grandal. Heyman confirmed MLB suspects A-Rod purchased documents from Biogenesis, presumably with intentions of destroying them.