According to ESPN, which cites reports from the Miami New Times, Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner, who has already admitted to PED use from 2001-03, is now stuck in the middle of a brand new controversy.
A recent Miami New Times report indicates that a batch of more recent records was given to the local news outlet by a former employee of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic located in Miami. The facility shut down just last month.
According to New Times, the records describe the firm's business of selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids. Furthermore, the records reportedly show patient files, payment records, and handwritten notebooks kept by the clinic's chief, 49-year-old Anthony Bosch.
Bosch is no stranger to PED controversy linked to MLB as he was connected with banned substances when slugger Manny Ramirez was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy in 2009. At the time, MLB confirmed the Drug Enforcement Administration was probing Bosh and his father, a prominent Coral Gables physician, for allegedly providing Ramirez with HCG, a compound often used at the tail end of steroid cycles. The Bosches were never charged with a crime.
Among the names included in the report are San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's hurler Bartolo Colón, Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, and New York Yankees third basemen Rodriguez.
Rodriguez has said he has not used PEDs since 2003. The New Times report said that Rodriguez's name shows up 16 times in the records it reviewed.
The New Times reports that one of the mentions includes a purchase of "1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.), creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet,” for the amount of $3,500.
Other notations for the Yankee slugger start in 2009 and continue through last season. The New Times report states that other drugs listed for Rodriguez include:
2. A banned substance that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth
4. A substance that releases growth hormones
5. Testosterone creams
Rodriguez had hip surgery last month and is expected to miss some or all of the 2013 season.
Miami New Times also reports that Cabrera, who signed a $16 million free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays during the offseason, is mentioned 14 times in the report. He was suspended in August 2012 for violating baseball's performance-enhancing drugs policy while a member of the San Francisco Giants. The paper cited entries in April 2012 indicating Cabrera "has enough meds until May 4" and indicating what the paper terms a "cocktail of drugs including IGF-1."
Major League Baseball issued a statement Tuesday in response to the New Times story.
"We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances," the statement begins. "These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida. It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program."