Is there no honor among document thieves?
Porter Fischer wants $ 1 million for Biogenesis documents linking Alex Rodriguez and other players to the now-defunct South Florida anti-aging clinic — and he apparently does not care who writes the check.
The former clinic employee approached Rodriguez’s representatives a few weeks ago and offered to sell them the records he swiped from Biogenesis’ owner Anthony Bosch in exchange for a seven-figure payday, a source told the Daily News.
Rodriguez and his representatives declined to buy the documents, the source added.
Fischer, however, seems intent on getting $ 1 million or more for documents that link Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and other ballplayers to the Coral Gables clinic.
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A source tells the Daily News that A-Rod declined to buy the documents.
TMZ reported on Wednesday that Fischer demanded at least $ 1 million from Major League Baseball when he met with MLB investigators on Tuesday.
Fischer isn’t the only Biogenesis figure who has tried to sell cooperating to both MLB and the players commissioner Bud Selig may suspend if his investigators uncover evidence that proves they obtained performance-enhancing drugs from the clinic.
The Daily News first reported on June 5 that Bosch had asked Rodriguez for financial help after Major League Baseball filed its lawsuit in March that alleged Bosch and his associates had sold performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players. Rodriguez rebuffed Bosch’s request for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The self-styled “biochemist” later agreed to cooperate with MLB officials. MLB officials have agreed to drop Bosch from the lawsuit, pick up his legal bills and indemnify him in any potential future litigation if he provides them with credible evidence.
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Fischer’s attorney, Raymond Rafool, told the Daily News on Tuesday that MLB investigators had a sit-down with Fischer at his Miami office earlier that day and that he expected to meet with baseball officials again after the July 4 holiday stretch. But he declined comment when asked if Fischer had sought payment for the Biogenesis documents and his cooperation.
Rafool was unavailable for comment on Wednesday. Fischer’s publicist, Gary Smith, did not return requests for comment.
Fischer leaked documents he swiped from the Biogenesis offices to Miami New Times after he had a falling out over money with Bosch, the self-styled “biochemist” who operated the anti-aging clinic. He told the paper last month that MLB had paid him $ 5,000 for documents from the clinic and that baseball officials later offered him $ 125,000 for a signed affidavit and the rest of the documents he took from Biogenesis.
Fischer said he turned down the deal because he was worried about physical retaliation from Bosch or people linked to players identified in the documents.
Sources have told the Daily News, however, that it is unlikely that Bosch is not known as a violent man, and it is unlikely that he would assault Fischer — or anybody else, for that matter. Instead, the sources said, Fischer was simply holding out for more money.
An MLB spokesman said last month that Fischer sought to be compensated for his information and documents, but that they were unable to reach an agreement.
Fischer’s value to MLB investigators — already questionable because it is not clear that he witnessed any of Bosch’s transactions with players — most likely plummeted after Bosch agreed to cooperate with baseball officials who agreed to drop him from the lawsuit they filed against Bosch and his associates.