Obviously, this will need some follow-up. But a report out this morning in the New York Daily News lists Mariners catcher Jesus Montero as a client of a South Florida anti-aging clinic said to be a haven for those wanting to acquire performance enhancing drugs.
The clinic, Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch, has since been shuttered down. But it’s been the focus of increased investigation from MLB and federal officials the past week-plus since a report in the Miami New Times linked it as a supply point for PEDs given to Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and others in MLB.
Rodriguez has put out statements to the press suggesting the documents linking him to the clinic are not legitimate. Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, also linked to the clinic in documents — along with his father — has said that he was never a client and never bought or used PEDs.
Montero is a client of Brooklyn-based agents Sam and Seth Levinson and their ACES agency, which has been the subject of an MLB probe ever since their client, Cabrera, tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and was suspended for 50 games.
There is no specific mention of PEDs and Montero in the documents. The original news report about Biogenesis only mentioned players who were named in conjunction with PEDs by documents recovered from the clinic. Since then, other names have surfaced, including former NL MVP Ryan Braun.
The timing of this report is, clearly, not good for the Mariners, who are heading into spring training in five days from now with Montero slated to be their No. 1 catcher at age 23. Montero had a so-so rookie season in 2012, with struggles behind the plate and hitting-wise against right-handed pitching. But the Mariners were hoping that Montero’s young age was largely behind it and that with an added year of experience, the fences coming in at Safeco Field and the vote of confidence in his catching abilities, he’d rebound to a breakout season.
That can still happen, of course. But first, Montero will have some explaining to do about how his name ended up on documents belonging to the clinic.