Anthony Bosch—the center of one of the biggest performance-enhancing drug scandals in MLB history—agreed to cooperate with the league only after New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez refused to help him out financially, according to a New York Daily News report by Teri Thompson, Bill Madden, Christian Red and Michael O'Keeffe.
As noted in the report, it was only after Rodriguez rebuffed Bosch's request—believed to be in the “hundreds of thousands”—that Bosch decided to cooperate with MLB investigations.
The league was worried Bosch would turn to its players for financial support if it didn’t lock him into testifying in the case. As quoted in the report, an unnamed source believes Bosch’s testimony is the only thing that will yield damning evidence against the players in question.
“They were afraid someone else would pay him," the source said. "Bosch is the only guy that can provide them with what they need.”
In return for Bosch’s testimony, the Biogenesis founder is expected to demand that Major League Baseball drop the lawsuit it filed against him. He is also believed to want immunity from any civil liabilities and personal security.
Bosch is believed to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to more than two-dozen MLB players currently under investigation, including Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. On a technicality, Braun won an appeal with the league after failing a PED test last year.
In light of this most recent report, it seems Major League Baseball is walking a fine line between giving into Bosch’s demands and obtaining the information it so desperately seeks. Though his credibility may be seriously shot, should the league strike a deal with Bosch to obtain his testimony, Braun, Rodriguez and a bevy of other MLB players could be facing a hefty penalty.