The burgeoning Biogenesis scandal has touched the Mariners just one week before their first spring-training workout.
The New York Daily News today reported that Seattle catcher Jesus Montero is named in the records of Biogenesis, the South Florida anti-aging clinic that has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
The New York Daily News article did not give any further details, and did not say
whether Montero’s name includes any mention of PEDs, an important distinction.
Biogenesis, operated by Anthony Bosch, leapt into the news last week with a report by the Miami New Times, which obtained documents that appeared to reveal the purchase by ballplayers of human growth hormone and other PEDs from the now-closed clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and others were included in notes by Bosch obtained by Miami News Times with details about the clients, the drugs they took and how they were received. Rodriguez, Gonzalez and Cruz have all denied the allegations.
Montero’s name was not included in that orginal report. Other names have since come out, including a Yahoo report yesterday that said Ryan Braun, Danny Valencia and Montero’s former Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli were named in the Biogenesis records, but not with any mention of PEDs. The original New Times story, based on a three-month investigation, reportedly only included the names with a specific mention of PEDs in Bosch’s records.
Montero, expected to be Seattle’s regular catcher this year, is represented by Seth and Sam Levinson of the Brooklyn-based ACES firm, many of whose clients have been linked to Biogenesis. He has said in the past that Rodriguez is one of his mentors.
Jamie Appel, the agent with ACES who handles Montero, declined comment this morning.