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MLB asked U.S. Attorney to grant Anthony Bosch leniency in Biogenesis case

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In this undated image taken from video and provided by 60 minutes, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, left, talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. Credit: AP Photo/60 Minutes

A law firm retained by Major League Baseball sent a letter highlighting Anthony Bosch's cooperation with the league to the U.S. Attorney investigating Biogenesis in hopes of gaining some leniency for Bosch, who was the league's star witness against Alex Rodriguez.

The letter, dated Jan. 23, 2014, said Bosch provided "invaluable assistance" that led to the suspension of 14 players, most notably Rodriguez. And in doing so, MLB said Bosch helped send "an important message to the millions of young athletes who emulate their heroes."

Bosch pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to distribute testosterone to athletes as part of a plea deal. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 17. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Major League Baseball's letter, addressed to U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer in Miami, was revealed in court papers filed this week by the attorney for former University of Miami pitching coach Lazaro Collazo, who also faces steroid distribution charges related to Biogenesis. Collazo and Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, are the only remaining Biogenesis defendants who have not pleaded guilty. Their trial is scheduled to begin April 6.

MLB's letter said Bosch's cooperation is "analogous to the circumstances described" in a clause in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines that gives federal judges leeway to depart from their guidelines in the event of "substantial assistance to authorities."

MLB's letter compares Bosch to Kirk Radomski, who pled guilty in 2007 to one count of steroid distribution and one count of money laundering. Radomski was spared any prison time, in part because of his cooperation with former Senator George Mitchell's investigation into baseball's steroid problem.

MLB's letter was written by Charles Scheeler of DLA Piper, which is no stranger to baseball's steroid history. Mitchell is a partner in DLA Piper, and Scheeler played a leading role in Mitchell's investigation.

The letter also states that Mitchell himself appeared on MLB's behalf in a September 2013 meeting with Ferrer, the U.S. Attorney investigating Biogenesis. That meeting occurred just weeks before Bosch testified against Rodriguez in his arbitration case.

Scheeler and Mitchell did not return messages seeking comment. A MLB spokesman confirmed the league retained Mitchell's firm with regards to the federal investigation into Biogenesis.

Part of Major League Baseball's agreement with Bosch -- which was revealed in earlier court papers -- was a promise that MLB would inform the Department of Justice "of the value and importance of Bosch's cooperation in its efforts to achieve the important public policy goal of eradicating PES from professional baseball."

Major League Baseball's letter to the U.S. Attorney also says: "Although we wish that Bosch had not sold drugs to any of our players, his willingness to provide MLB with the evidence necessary to enforce our drug program has been a significant form of restitution."

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