MLB withdraws suit against Biogenesis
Major League Baseball dropped its lawsuit on Wednesday in a state court in Miami against a now-defunct Florida anti-aging clinic involved in the performance-enhancing drugs scandal that included New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Matthew Menchel, an MLB attorney, said baseball is no longer pursuing the case against the clinic, Bogenesis of America, owner Anthony Bosch and several others. MLB filed a one-sentence notice of withdrawal, which was expected after Rodriguez's decision last month to accept and serve a 162-game ban for the 2014 season in connection with the case.
The lawsuit contended that Biogenesis and Bosch provided players with the substances in violation of their contracts. Fourteen players were connected to the clinic and punished by MLB.
Rodriguez initially contested a 211-game suspension from MLB but relented in January and will begin serving a season-long banishment in April. He had the option to participate in spring training but chose not to do so.
Bosch testified that he provided performance-enhancing drugs to Rodriguez and other players. In exchange for Bosch's cooperation, MLB officials agreed to pay his legal fees and exclude him from future lawsuits.