MLB has evidence on A-Rod that goes "far beyond" anything it had on Ryan Braun. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
On the heels of the news that Ryan Braun would be suspended for the rest of this season, ESPN's T.J. Quinn reported that the evidence provided to Major League Baseball on Alex Rodriguez goes "far beyond" anything against Braun.
Braun was suspended for 65 games — the rest of the MLB season — on Monday, as part of the league's yearlong investigation into the Miami "wellness" clinic Biogenesis.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig also considered Braun's prior failed drug test in the 2011 postseason in his suspension. But Quinn's report suggests that the league could attempt to come down even harder on Rodriguez.
In a number of ways, Quinn reports, Braun's urgency to strike a deal on a suspension with the league will detriment the defense of Rodriguez and other stars involved in the investigation. According to Quinn, Braun's deal-making gives more credibility to Tony Bosch, the clinic's founder. And sources told Quinn that the league's case against Rodriguez involves the possibility that he interfered with the ongoing investigation.
More specific evidence against Rodriguez isn't yet known. The New York Daily News reported recently that Rodriguez and his lawyers were working on a plea deal that would leave him with a 150-game suspension, but Rodriguez's representatives have denied the report.