Four sources have independently told Sports Illustrated that In 2003, when he hit 47 home-runs and won the AL MVP award for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids.
Rodriguez is among 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in the '03 tests. That test was used to determine if it was necessary for the MLB to impose mandatory random drug testing.
Rodriguez has declined to comment on the Sports Illustrated report.
Steroids has been banned in baseball for some time, but in 2003 there were no penalties for a positive test. The results of that year's survey testing of players were meant to be anonymous.
SI is reporting that Rodriguez's testing information was found after federal agents seized the '03 test results from Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc., one of two labs used by MLB in connection with that year's survey testing.
Because more than 5% of big leaguers had tested positive in 2003, baseball instituted a mandatory random-testing program, with penalties, in '04.
The Yankees traded for Rodriguez before the 2004 season, then signed him to a new contract in November 2007. The 10-year deal could be worth as much as $305 million. if certain achievements are met . Rodriguez is guaranteed $275 million.