Alex Rodriguez during his rehab stint at the Yankees' Trenton, N.J. farm team.
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Major League Baseball has welcomed a challenge from Joseph Tacopina, Alex Rodriguez's attorney, to publicly divulge all of its information gathered in recent years to reveal that Rodriguez has been taking performance-enhancing drugs since 2010.
In a letter from MLB vice president Rob Manfred delivered to Tacopina, Manfred informed the attorney he was in violation of baseball's Joint Drug Agreement's confidentiality clause, but if he's now willing, he will reveal all of its information on Rodriguez.
A copy of the letter was obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
"While we believe that your public comments are already in breach of the confidentiality provisions of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program (the "Program"),'' Manfred said in the letter, "we will agree to waive those provisions as they apply to both Rodriguez and the Office of Commissioner of Baseball with respect to Rodriguez's entire history under the Program, including, but not limited to, his testing history, test results, violations of the Program, and all information and evidence relating to Rodriguez's treatment by Anthony Bosch, Anthony Galea and Victor Conte.''
Tacopina issued a rebuttal noting that any such release would have to include the permission of baseball's players' association.
"This letter was a publicity stunt; such a waiver would require (the MLB players' association) to be party of the agreement and signatures. Nothing but a trap hoping I would sign knowing that I couldn't and in fact would have me breaching the Joint Drug Agreement.''
In response to Tacopina's response, Manfred said: "The Players Association has never stood in the way of an individual player publicly disclosing his own drug testing history. We are more than happy to add a signature line for the MLBPA to my letter."
Manfred was responding to Tacopina's comments on Sunday to ESPN that read:
"I would love nothing more than to sit here and be able to talk about Alex's testing results and MLB allegations and MLB's investigation into Biogenesis as it relates to Alex and specific dates and specific tests. Nothing more, but there is a confidentially clause of the JDA. I will make Manfred a deal if he, in writing, waives the confidentially clause, and agrees that it would not be a breach of the confidentially clause, if he allows us to discuss exactly what he wants us to discuss, including the testing result, including the specifics of the tests, the results, we would be happy to discuss it. It would be my pleasure to discuss it. I would love to discuss it. But the minute I discuss it, I'm in violation of the confidentially clause of the JDA.' ''
Manfred says the commissioner's office is now willing to release all information and documents relating to:
Rodriguez's drug-test results;
Rodriguez's prior violations under baseball's testing program;
Documents, records, communications, text messages, and instant messages relating to Rodriguez's treatment by Anthony Bosch.
All documents relating to Rodriguez's treatment by Anthony Galea and Victor Conte.
All documents relating to the issue of whether Rodriguez obstructed MLB's investigation.
The letter was signed by Manfred and awaited Tacopina's signature.
MLB interviewed Rodriguez before the 2010 season regarding his relationship with Galea, a Canadian doctor who has admitted using human-growth hormone but said he never distributed it to his clients.
Conte, the mastermind behind the BALCO doping scandal that ensnared all-time home run leader Barry Bonds, among others, met with Rodriguez in May 2012 regarding the use of legal nutritional supplements, according to the New York Daily News.
Rodriguez was first publicly connected to performance-enhancing drug use in 2009, when Sports Illustrated reported he tested positive during MLB's anonymous survey testing in 2003. Rodriguez subsequently confessed to using PEDs from 2001-2003, but has denied using them in the years after that period.