MLB hatched a plan: In March, they filed a civil lawsuit against Bosch and his associates, saying they had interfered with baseball's drug prevention and treatment program. That allowed them to pump the defendants under oath for information that would implicate the players.
As information was gathered, "sources close to baseball" selectively leaked various nuggets to the New York tabloids and ESPN.
Before any of you self-appointed media ethicists condemn ESPN and the Daily News for acting as confederates in the commish's
shabby campaign to nail A-Rod efforts to clean up the game, keep in mind that the leaks they printed were the good kind of leaks — anonymous and designed to inflict damage on the leaker's enemies.