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Source: ACES agency was unaware of players Biogenesis activities

Aug 5, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

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One thing many of the Biogenesis players have in common is their representation: Nelson Cruz, Jordany Valdespin, Antonio Bastardo, Sergio Escalona and Melky Cabrera, are all represented by ACES, the agency headed by Seth and Sam Levinson. You probably first heard of ACES’ connection to PEDs last year when it was named in stories arising out of Cabrera’s efforts to set up a fake website to explain away his positive drug test.

A more significant name which spun out of that website story, however, is one Juan Carlos Nunez, a “paid consultant” of ACES who is said to have been the one who set up Melky’s website. As the New York Daily News reported last winter, MLB banned Nunez from associating with any of the 30 MLB clubs, and from all team facilities. The Players Association censured the Levinsons for not adequately supervising Nunez, but the agency maintained certification.

Despite multiple clients appearing in the Biogenesis records, a source tells NBCSports.com that Nunez was freelancing, essentially, and that “there is absolutely no evidence” that ACES knew of Juan Nunez’s activities. This would jibe with the Daily News’ report that Nunez was a frequent visitor to Bosch’s clinic.

The source says that MLB and the union are looking at ACES once again now that the investigation of Biogenesis players is nearing an end, but there is no indication that the agency will face any discipline or further censure.

  1. nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    They were unaware of their players’ (and their employees’) Biogenesis activities?

    Yeah, right!

  2. gloccamorra - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    It wasn’t just the current ACES clients – Everth Cabrera dropped them last year and went over to Steve Boras. Everth was apparently treated at the clinic in 2011 when he missed time in the minors and played only two games in the majors.

    Padres insiders claim he was surprised he was mentioned initially in the biogenesis investigation, and told Padres brass he was sorry he ever had anything to do with the clinic. That raises the possibility some injured players weren’t even told what they were being given and their agents handled it.

    Like nbjays, I find it hard to believe the top people at ACES didn’t know so many players were being referred to and treated at the clinic.

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