An offseason day just wouldn’t be complete without Alex Rodriguez news/drama/all of the above. Here’s the story from ESPN New York:
MLB has filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court that claims Sitrick has declined to hand over documents baseball believes A-Rod or people close to him gathered for the “apparent purpose of preventing MLB from obtaining those records and from uncovering evidence of Rodriguez’s use and possession of prohibited substances.”
The New York Post and Daily News reported the information after it was filed in the Manhattan court on Monday. The News headline said MLB wanted the papers that “Alex Rodriguez used to rat out Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli.”
This allegation — which was originally levied months ago — was denied then by A-Rod. On Wednesday, A-Rod’s side again insisted it wasn’t true, with some trademark pithy language.
“As we have said all along, Alex has never bought any documents related to Biogenesis, and he has repeatedly turned down offers from various individuals who approached him about buying them,” A-Rod’s lawyer Joe Tacopina said. “Alex unequivocally denies having exposed any players. This is MLB’s desperate cry for help. What happened to the ‘overwhelming mountain’ of evidence against Alex? Having now rested its case against Alex, this effort makes clear to the world that MLB doesn’t have what they said they have. What is perhaps most shocking — and the best evidence of their desperation — is that MLB would do this during the World Series.”
MLB, in its own statement, responded, “We continue to be at a loss to explain how Mr. Tacopina can take the position that his client has done nothing wrong. First, it was Mr. Rodriguez did not use drugs. Now, it is he did not obstruct the investigation. Those statements are simply and demonstrably inaccurate. The action we took yesterday was necessitated by continuing efforts by Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyers to engage in a purposeful coverup.”
The World Series of PED appeals continues in Manhattan on Nov. 18. The Yankees may spend the whole offseason wondering if they will have A-Rod on the team – and, more pertinently — the payroll.