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Report: Jesus Montero linked to performance enhancing drug scandal in Miami (updated with response from the Mariners)

About 2 a.m. this morning, the New York Daily News posted a story that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero has been linked to the performance enhancing drug scandal at the Biogenesis Clinic in Miami.

You can add Montero's name to the list players that include Melky Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and now even Ryan Braun have been linked to it.

From the story ...

More bad news for agents Seth and Sam Levinson: Their client, former Yankee catcher Jesus Montero, is named in records from a South Florida anti-aging clinic linked to performance-enhancing drugs, the Daily News has learned.

Montero, a top prospect who was traded to the Mariners before last season, is just the latest client of ACES, the Levinson brothers’ Brooklyn-based sports agency, who has been linked to Biogenesis, the now-shuttered Coral Gables clinic operated by self-described “biochemist” Anthony Bosch.

The Levinson brothers have been under investigation by MLB since last summer, after another client, former Yankee Melky Cabrera, tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. The Daily News first reported in August that Cabrera had tried to avoid a 50-game suspension by creating a fictitious website for a supplement he claimed had inadvertently caused him to test positive. The bizarre attempt to avoid discipline fell apart when MLB officials began investigating Cabrera’s claims.There isn't a lot more about Montero in the story. But I'm assuming more reporting will be done on this. It's not over. The Mariners are aware of the report.

From the Mariners ....

The Seattle Mariners strongly support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, and are disappointed any time we hear of any players potentially involved with banned substances.

We are aware of the report which appeared today in the New York Daily News and have been in contact with Major League Baseball to discuss it.

This matter is now in the hands of the Commissioner's Office. At this time, with no additional information, we will have no further comment until that investigation has concluded, and all other questions should be directed to Major League Baseball.Let's not indict the guy until more news comes out. But if you are a Mariners fan, you should be concerned. This is not something that should be brushed aside.