In January, many players, including Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz were connected to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Miami, FL. All these names were included on a spreadsheet handed to the Miami New Times by an ex-employee of Biogenesis. Biogenesis’ records were clear, they were selling these players performance enhancing drugs. Everything from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids.
The latest name to join the list of buyers is Houston Astros’ right fielder Fernando Martinez.
Martinez, 24 years of age, played 41 games with the Astros last season. He finished the year with a .237 batting average and 6 home runs. Martinez spent the majority of the year with the Astros Triple-A team, the Oklahoma City Redhawks, where he hit .313 with 13 home runs.
Martinez is a client of ACES sports agency. Ten of the clients linked to the Biogenesis “anti-aging” clinic also have ACES ties.
I’m not sure what kind of problems this will cause the Astros, but I hope it works out.
MLB is currently investigating Biogensesis. So far, there have not been any kind of suspensions handed out. But, as long as this story continues to grow, the more I will believe it. Though this situation could cause problems for the Astros, it may help a player like Chris Carter find some playing time.
Martinez recently turned down the opportunity to play for Spain in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and is expected to be in the Astros’ camp Wednesday.