A new chapter in the Biogenesis of America clinic saga is set to unfold, as the man who originally leaked sensitive documents to Major League Baseball is preparing to meet with league officials sometime this week.
According to a report from Christian Red and Michael O'Keeffe of the New York Daily News, former Biogenesis employee Porter Fischer is set to meet with MLB investigators to shed further light on baseball's latest doping scandal.
TMZ first reported that Fischer was in line to meet with MLB officials.
Here's an excerpt from the Daily News report:
Porter Fischer is expected to share records he swiped from the Biogenesis offices after he had a falling out over money with Anthony Bosch, the self-styled “biochemist” who operated the Coral Gables anti-aging clinic, TMZ first reported Monday. Bosch allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Rodriguez, Braun and almost two dozen other players. ...
Fischer’s value to MLB investigators, however, is questionable, because it is not clear if he actually witnessed any of Bosch’s alleged transactions with big leaguers — and because Bosch himself has already begun sharing information with baseball officials.
In a separate report from O'Keeffe, he outlines the what Porter Fischer is seeking in return for the documents:
Porter Fischer wants $1 million for Biogenesis documents linking Alex Rodriguez and other players to the now-defunct South Florida anti-aging clinic — and he apparently does not care who writes the check.
The former clinic employee approached Rodriguez's representatives a few weeks ago and offered to sell them the records he swiped from Biogenesis' owner Anthony Bosch in exchange for a seven-figure payday, a source told the Daily News.
Fischer reportedly took incriminating documents and helped shed some early light on the PED saga before there was evidence to be had.
What should the length of the suspensions handed down—if those accused are found guilty—be?
As Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times reported in June, Fischer felt that Bosch owed him money and took the documents as leverage toward a potential settlement between the two.
In that report, Fischer was quoted as calling Major League Baseball officials the "biggest scumbags on earth."
ESPN's T.J. Quinn, Mike Fish and Pedro Gomez of Outside the Lines reported in early June that MLB was gearing up for a potential suspension of up to 20 players listed in connection with Anthony Bosch and the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic, but those suspensions have yet to surface nearly a month later.
Among those listed as facing a possible suspension were Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.
MLB was thought to have enough evidence with the help of Bosch to start handing down suspensions and putting the finishing touches on baseball's latest dark mark, but Fischer agreeing to meet with investigators could signal a lack of conviction based on Bosch's evidence.
MLB could also just be covering all of its bases before establishing what could be the biggest steroid purge in league history.