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MLB investigators to talk to Rodriguez

Published February 20, 2009 7:13 pm

MLB notes » Report: Banned trainer traveled with A-Rod.
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Major League Baseball investigators want to talk with Alex Rodriguez about his cousin and a trainer from the Dominican Republic.

The interviews were disclosed Friday by a person familiar with their plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB wasn't confirming the meetings.

The New York Yankees star has said his cousin injected him from 2001-03 with a banned substance obtained in the Dominican called "boli." The cousin was identified by ESPN.com as Yuri Sucar t of Miami.

MLB wants to find out if Rodriguez still associates with the cousin.

In addition, the Daily News said Angel Presinal , a Dominican trainer well known throughout baseball, traveled with A-Rod and the cousin during the 2007 season. Presinal has been banned from entering baseball clubhouses.

"I'm not getting into any of that," Rodriguez said.

Speaking Friday at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., Rodriguez said he expected the meeting will be in the Tampa area. MLB would like to speak with him before he joins the Dominican team early next month ahead of the World Baseball Classic.

Presinal, then a trainer for former slugger Juan Gonzalez , was questioned by Canadian Border Service officers in 2001 about steroids and syringes in an unmarked duffel bag, according to the Mitchell Report. Presinal and Gonzalez both denied owning the bag.

MLB told Anaheim and Texas to deny Presinal clubhouse access in later years, according to the Mitchell Report. Presinal was a trainer on the Dominican staff at the 2006 World Baseball Classic; MLB officials said they were not aware the Dominican federation selected him until after the tournament.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Presinal never had access to the team's clubhouse or charter flights.

Braves' Glavine signs 1-year deal

Tom Glavine has more wins than any other active pitcher. He'll get a chance to add to that total for at least one more season.

Glavine completed a $1 million, one-year contract Friday with the Atlanta Braves that could be worth another $3.5 million in bonuses based on how much time he spends on the active roster.

While the 305-game winner is eager to make up for last season's injury-plagued performance, Glavine knows this will be a different role than the one he had so many years in Atlanta. Twenty-win seasons, Cy Young awards and opening day starts are a thing of the past.

He'll be the fifth man in a five-man rotation, the guy who gets skipped over from time to time to ensure the top four starters maintain their regular schedule.

"I don't necessarily want to be the guy who has to pitch 220 innings and win every time he goes to the mound," said Glavine, who turns 43 next month. "I'm looking forward to this stage of my career where I don't have to deal with that kind of pressure and can be more of a complement to our rotation."

The left-hander made only 13 starts a year ago for Atlanta, going 2-4 with a 5.54 ERA before his season was cut short by a partially torn tendon in his elbow. It was the first time in a 22-year career that he had been on the disabled list.

Around the horn

Orioles » Second baseman Brian Roberts finalized a $40 million, four-year extension, so he won't have to worry a. Roberts already was due $8 million this year and would have been eligible for free agency after the World Series. His new deal calls for salaries of $10 million annually through 2013.

Nationals » Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the Nats agreed to a $3,325,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Dodgers » Orlando Hudson has reached an agreement on a $3.8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who would use the former All-Star to replace retired second baseman Jeff Kent .