Updates from Thursday, August 7
T.J. Quinn of ESPN has the latest development in the Biogenesis bust:
Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines."
Federal officials are discussing how to honor the request, which follows months of mutual frustration between MLB and the DEA over their parallel investigations into the Biogenesis clinic and related criminal activity.
Two federal law enforcement sources told "Outside the Lines" Tuesday that a number of previously undisclosed players had been identified through the DEA's "Operation Strikeout," and that they expected those names to be made public through the discovery process of the case. MLB officials, however, are seeking the release of those names as soon as possible in order to begin disciplinary proceedings against the players.
Anthony Bosch, who founded the company at the center of MLB's Biogenesis scandal last year, is expected to surrender to the Drug Enforcement Administration on charges of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.
T.J. Quinn of ESPN broke the news:
BREAKING: Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch surrendering to DEA this morning, will plead to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
Tony Bosch being taken into custody at DEA office in Weston, Fl. pic.twitter.com/Tw63FKunpd— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
He also reported several associates close to Biogenesis were being brought in for their role with the company. It's alleged the group provided performance-enhancing substances to athletes ranging from professionals to high school students.
Bosch being charged as part of DEA's "Operation Strikeout." Several other Biogenesis associates brought into custody this morning.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
While Bosch was working with Major League Baseball, the possibility of being charged was discussed, per Quinn:
When Bosch struck deal to cooperate with MLB, asked them to put in a good word if he faced criminal charges. Time to call in the favor.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
Actually, nothing for MLB to do now. Deal was struck between Bosch and US Atty's office. Source says MLB had little to do with this.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
Bosch wasn't the only person arrested Tuesday:
DEA source tells Outside the Lines 10 people arrested this morning, including Tony Bosch.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
Yuri Sucart, cousin of ARod, also arrested on conspiracy charges this morning as part of DEA's "Operation Strikeout."— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
Quinn reports even more players could be involved:
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports later reported that there likely won't be any new suspensions handed out by MLB:
MLB not expecting add’tl Biogenesis suspensions based on what Bosch told or might tell gov’t; MLB confident it had all of his information.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2014
More than a dozen MLB players ended up getting suspended for their connection to the Bosch clinic, including prominent hitters like Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz. All of them aside from Alex Rodriguez, who received a longer ban since the league considered him a repeat offender, have served their full punishment.
In February 2014, Greg Botelho and Quand Thomas of CNN reported the league had dropped its lawsuit against Biogenesis and its founder. That was the expected outcome after Bosch agreed to help with the investigation into players using PEDs.
Of more interest now might be his role in providing steroids to high school athletes.
Julie K. Brown and Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald report Porter Fischer, an employee working for Bosch, provided information that suggested players as young as 16 were getting illegal treatment at the facility:
In July 2013, the Miami Herald published a report that Bosch had also been providing minors with steroid "concoctions." Fischer, in an interview, claimed that 16- and 17-year-old high school players were getting injections at the Coral Gables clinic, a clear violation of the law.
The report also states Bosch and his associates are all expected to go through their first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. More information about how the U.S. Attorney's Office and the DEA plan to move forward should be known after the initial hearing.
It's also noted that no athletes are named or charged, which means no professional leagues should be expecting any further scandal to come from the situation, at least currently.