Major League Baseball filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday that claims Alex Rodriguez and Sitrick and Company P.R. firm have documents pertaining to Biogenesis, reports the New York Daily News.
These documents, MLB says, were the same that were leaked to Yahoo! Sports in February to link Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli to Biogenesis. Both men were among those suspended by MLB mid-season.
The league contends that Rodriguez bought these documents that "had been maintained by (Biogenesis owner Anthony) Bosch ... for the purpose of preventing MLB from obtaining those records and from uncovering evidence of Rodriguez’s use and possession of prohibited substances."
A spokesman for Rodriguez said last week that the Yankees third baseman had not bought documents in an effort to obstruct baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis clinic. The Players Union, representing Rodriguez at the time, said at the beginning of the arbitration hearings that Rodriguez would share the documents he had obtained, but that none of the documents relayed to the P.R. firm were found.
Rodriguez's lawyers have said during the arbitration hearings between MLB and Rodriguez that the player purchased over $300,000 worth of evidence. Rodriguez's spokesman said that had not been done in an effort to obstruct MLB's investigation.
Baseball suspended Rodriguez for 211 games in mid-2013. He is the only player with a connection to Biogenesis that appealed his suspension.