Tony Bosch said Scott Boras suggested a Manny Ramirez PED coverup. Boras adamantly denies it

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Yesterday, Newsday published a report in which Biogenesis ringleader Anthony Bosch claimed that Scott Boras tried to concoct a ridiculous coverup story for Manny Ramirez back in 2009 when he tested positive for PEDs.

Bosch said Boras arranged the meeting after Ramirez tested positive for banned substances in 2009. Boras, according to Bosch, came up with an explanation for the failed test that involved Ramirez accidentally using an elderly uncle’s testosterone cream because he thought it was aftershave.

Boras released a statement thereafter adamantly denying such a thing. Indeed, he says he’s never even met Tony Bosch and never even heard of him until after the Ramirez story broke:

Personally, I tend to take sides of the people who aren’t admitted drug dealers. I also give Boras enough credit to not come up with something so boneheaded in the first place. Actually, the first place I’d give Boras credit is to realize that no excuse, be it plausible or silly, would help Ramirez in this situation given that baseball’s drug discipline system is a strict liability thing which has no room for excuse, by design.

As for Bosch: his life was improved pretty dramatically by dropping the dime on famous baseball figures. Maybe he feels like if he still does it that things will get even better.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the All-Star infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for $5 million during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo went to a hearing and asked for a raise from $715,000 to $2.45 million, while Miami proposed $2.1 million. The case was heard by Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch, who were expected to issue their decision.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo also is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Twenty-two players remain scheduled for hearings, to take place through Feb. 17. Among them, utilityman Dylan Moore and the Seattle Mariners have a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.