MLB to reorganize investigative unit

Thursday May 1st, 2014

Selig Following the Alex Rodriguez suspension, MLB commissioner Bud Selig moved to make changes to the league's investigative unit. (Elsa/Getty)

Though an arbitrator wrote that charges of improper conduct by investigators in the Alex Rodriguez PED case were "unfounded," Major League Baseball has still decided to shake up its investigative unit, according to the New York Times.

After the league levied a record 211-game suspension against the New York Yankees third baseman (later reduced to 162 games), Rodriguez's lawyers accused league investigators of improper behavior. The accusations included allegations that MLB officials paid thousands of dollars for information, and that one investigator began an intimate relationship with a witness.

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On Thursday, MLB eliminated three positions, removing Daniel T. Mullin, the investigative unit chief, plus his top deputy in George Hanna as well as Ed Dominguez, another agent. The Times reports that the commissioner's office plans to hire a former prosecutor to head the investigations department, and that the league plans to hire contractors to assist in future investigations.

Rodriguez is suspended for the entire 2014 season, including potential playoff games. His suspension will generate approximately $24 million in luxury tax savings for the Yankees. Rodriguez is still owed $61 million for 2015-17.

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