Major League Baseball officially ended its legal pursuit of individuals tied to the sport's probe of Biogenesis by withdrawing its civil suit in Florida against several defendants connected with the former anti-aging clinic, a person familiar with the case said Tuesday.
MLB's investigation resulted in the suspension of 14 big-league players, including a season-long ban of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
The suit, which sought unspecified monetary damages, had claimed the defendants "knowingly, intentionally and maliciously interfered" with its player contracts by allegedly providing players with illegal performance-enhancing substances.
Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch was named in the suit, but never was served a complaint as part of a cooperation agreement for his testimony, a source said. Bosch attorney Julio Ayala said Tuesday night, "When we found out that they were indeed trying to serve him we reached out to MLB, talked to them and found out what they wanted. The rest is history."
Bosch was MLB's star witness in Rodriguez's appeal of an MLB-imposed 211-game suspension. An arbitrator trimmed it to 162 plus any potential postseason games in 2014. Rodriguez filed suit to vacate the suspension, but later withdrew it and agreed to the season-long ban.