Presented in the "60 Minutes" story was an unsolicited wire transfer from "Arod Corporation" to Bosch's criminal attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, in the amount of $49,901.51. Manfred told "60 Minutes" that he and MLB considered this a bribe.
But Steve Fishman of New York Magazine found this odd. Fishman, you'll remember, wrote a big piece on A-Rod recently and then published those strange e-mails between A-Rod and New York Yankees president Randy Levine.
Fishman wondered, who pays $49.901.51 as hush money. It's too specific an amount. Why not $50,000, nice and round? Fishman did some digging and discovered:
You can see the full invoice for $49.901.51 at New York magazine's site, but here's a photo showing that the numbers match. The top image is from "60 Minutes." The bottom is from the magazine's investigation.
Does this mean A-Rod didn't use PEDs and his suspension is unjust? No. But it does raise some doubts. Perhaps Bosch's side of the story isn't 100 percent accurate. Perhaps MLB was so eager to nail A-Rod that some of Bosch's claims didn't get vetted as thoroughly as some would hope. Perhaps A-Rod just needs a new accounts payable department.
This unearthing — if you believe New York mag's connecting of the dots — likely won't change anything about the A-Rod saga, but it does give A-Rod defenders a small victory.
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