MLB notebook: Braun says he has 'nothing to hide' in PED investigation
By The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 7:54 p.m.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said the person who ran the Florida clinic being investigated by Major League Baseball was used only as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year.
“I have nothing to hide,” Braun said in a statement released by his representatives on Tuesday night.
Earlier in the day, Yahoo Sports reported the 2011 NL MVP's name showed up three times in records of the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic. Yahoo said no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to his name.
The Miami New Times recently released clinic documents that purportedly linked Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera and other players to purchases of banned drugs from the now-closed anti-aging center.
Sam and Seth Levinson, the agents who represent Mariners catcher Jesus Montero and Cabrera said no one at their agency has ever heard of or knows anyone at the clinic. Also, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta said he has never used performance-enhancing drugs after his name was reportedly found in the clinic's records.
Rockies' Helton busted for DUI
The Rockies and star first baseman Todd Helton are facing the harsh reality on the eve of his farewell season that the longtime face of the franchise now has a police mug shot.
The five-time All-Star was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Denver suburb of Thornton and charged with drunken driving and careless driving.
In a statement released by the Rockies, Helton said he's embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team and the community.
Giants, Romo agree to $9M deal
Reliever Sergio Romo and the Giants agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Romo went 4-2 with 14 saves and a 1.79 ERA last season. He was the team's primary closer in the postseason, when he had one win, four saves and a 0.84 ERA in 10 appearances.
Reds' Leake signs 1-year deal
The Reds agreed to a $3.06 million, one-year deal with right-hander Mike Leake, avoiding salary arbitration with their fifth starter.
Leake made $507,500 last season when he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 30 starts, a career high.
Callaspo, Angels complete pact
Third baseman Albert Callaspo and the Angels finalized a two-year contract worth $8,975,000.
The deal calls for Callaspo to receive $4.1 million this year and $4,875,000 in 2014. Callaspo hit .252 last year with 10 home runs and 53 RBI.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez and the Brewers finalized a $1.45 million, one-year contract. Gonzalez, 35, hit .259 last year in his first season with the Brewers. ... The Mets signed outfielders Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson to minor league contracts. ... Reliever Kyle Farnsworth and second baseman-outfielder Kelly Johnson finalized one-year contracts with the Rays. ... The Nationals agreed to terms with pitcher-turned-first baseman Micah Owings for a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Owings is a career .283 hitter with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 219 plate appearances.
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