Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Paid for Biogenesis Founder Tony Bosch's Lawyer

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 18, 2013

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees stands at first base following an infield single against the Boston Red Sox during the game on August 18, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Alex Rodriguez reportedly tampered with MLB's recent Biogenesis investigation by paying for—and, possibly, attempting to pay off—Tony Bosch's lawyer. 

ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Pedro Gomez have the news:

Alex Rodriguez paid for Tony Bosch's attorney and later made a wire transfer for nearly $50,000 that Bosch's attorney refused to accept, Bosch's attorneys told "Outside the Lines" on Sunday.

The second transfer, described by one of Rodriguez's former attorneys as a mistake, is part of Major League Baseball's evidence that the New York Yankees' third baseman attempted to tamper with the league's Biogenesis investigation, several sources said.

According to the report, Rodriguez made a payment of $25,000 to Susy Ribero-Ayala, the attorney of Biogenesis founder Bosch. That payment was accepted, but a second of $50,000, which was reportedly "unsolicited and unwarranted," was immediately returned to Rodriguez.

Per Quinn and Gomez, sources say investigators believe the second payment was an attempt to "prevent (Bosch) from providing evidence or testimony against Rodriguez."

MLB's investigation into Bosch and Biogenesis for the clinic's role in providing performance-enhancing drugs has resulted in the suspensions of several MLB players for violation of the league's drug policy, the most prominent being Ryan Braun. A-Rod was handed the longest ban, 211 games, but he is currently the only one appealing it. 

Quinn and Gomez state that his team's tampering in the case—attempting to keep documents away from the investigators as well as the reported bribe of $50,000—was the league's reasoning for the lengthy suspension.

After his standout performance against the Red Sox Sunday night, the polarizing third baseman is now hitting .319/.407/.489 with two home runs and six RBI in 12 games since returning from the disabled list.

He has certainly given the Yankees a nice offensive boost, but with each development in this case, his future in the league becomes increasingly cloudy.