Rodriguez Meets With MLB About Steroid Use

The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was said to be
The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was said to be "cooperative" during his two-hour interview. (By Steve Nesius -- Reuters)
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Alex Rodriguez met yesterday with Major League Baseball officials, who sought to interview the New York Yankees slugger about his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to '03 with the Texas Rangers.

The commissioner's office released a statement saying Rodriguez was "cooperative" in a two-hour interview with officials from MLB's Department of Investigations and Labor Relations Department.

No further details were revealed, and the statement said the commissioner's office would have no additional comment at this time.

Rodriguez had two lawyers, Jay Reisinger and James E. Sharp, with him at the meeting in Tampa. Also present were union general counsel Michael Weiner, MLB vice president of investigations Dan Mullin, MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred, and senior vice president and general counsel for labor Dan Halem, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss details.

-- DODGERS: Los Angeles has pulled its two-year, $45 million offer to Manny Ramírez, and owner Frank McCourt said that negotiations will have to start again from scratch.

The Dodgers announced last week that Ramírez had declined the team's latest offer, a $25 million, one-year contract for the 2009 season with a $20 million player option for 2010. McCourt said no talks with Ramírez's representatives were scheduled for yesterday.

"We're in what I call a transition phase," said McCourt, who held a news conference before the Dodgers' first game at their new spring training facility in Phoenix.

-- ORIOLES: Adam Eaton agreed to a minor league contract and the right-hander will join the team's major league spring training camp.

Eaton, 31, was released by Philadelphia on Friday after going 4-8 with a 5.80 ERA in 21 games for the Phillies last year. He is 68-63 with a 4.80 ERA in nine seasons with three teams.

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