Major League Baseball reportedly has another source who is willing to go on record and provide evidence that players — such as Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun — purchased performance-enhancing drugs from the Biogenesis clinic.
According to TMZ, Porter Fischer has agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball and its investigation. Fischer is a former Biogenesis employee and is apparently the original source for the leak to the Miami newspapers about the PED scandal. Of course, he’s also the same guy who called the MLB “the biggest scumbags on Earth” and is now flipping to their side because he’s being paid a consultant fee.
Craig Calcaterra of HardballTalk put it best:
Maybe he has the goods on some players. Maybe he doesn’t. But based on what he’s said in that interview just two weeks ago, he’s either going to have to (a) testify that his fellow witness-against-the-players Anthony Bosch is an evil duplicitous person who can’t be trusted; or (b) admit that he himself lied in that interview and now, once he’s being paid by MLB, he’s being truthful.
So good luck with that.
Again, it seems Major League Baseball will place the weight of their case on two gentlemen who have every reason to not be truthful. It doesn’t mean they will necessarily present false facts, but it does mean their motives are not pure, which makes one wonder how well their potential testimonies would hold up in any appeal case.
Ultimately, though, I struggle to see how this Biogenesis scandal ends with anything other than a suspension for at least one player. Major League Baseball has placed too much time, effort and money into building their case to simply have this fade into the background with no resolution. I believe someone is going to get suspended. That doesn’t mean I believe Ryan Braun will be suspended — or that he even deserves to be suspended, as I am not privy to the facts of the case — but I do believe this has to end with at least one person receiving a suspension.
Whether or not that suspension can stick after an appeal, though, is another question entirely.