New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez purchased potentially incriminating documents from a person connected to a South Florida-based anti-aging clinic to keep them out of the hands of Major League Baseball investigators, the New York Times reported Friday.
Citing two people briefed on the matter, the Times reported that a representative of Rodriguez purchased documents from a former representative of Biogenesis, the since-closed Miami clinic that reportedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to two-dozen major leaguers. Rodriguez's intent was to destroy the documents.
Terry Fahn, a spokesman for Rodriguez, told USA TODAY Sports that Rodriguez "flatly denied the allegation," but refused further comment.
The Miami New Times first reported in January that logs obtained from Biogenesis appeared to link several star players, including Rodriguez, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, to performance-enhancing drugs.
MLB officials Rob Manfred and Patrick Courtney met with New Times editors in February in an effort to obtain the documents but were rebuffed. MLB investigators have since attempted to purchase the documents themselves, the New York Times reported Thursday evening. MLB has not hid its determination to glean information and, if necessary, suspend players linked to performance-enhancing drugs via Biogenesis.
Its department of investigations is scheduled to interview all the players potentially linked to Biogenesis. It's thought they have not yet formally interviewed Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, 37, is recovering from hip surgery and iw not expected to play this season until at least July. He has five years and $114 million remaining on his $275 million contract with the Yankees.