Jose Canseco: Tell-All Author, Extortionist?

Sources inside MLB claim foul play over offer to keep Tigers' Ordonez name out of new book, for a fee
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 12:19 PM CST
Detroit Tigers' Magglio Ordonez waves to his fans as he walks to the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, in Chicago. Ordonez formerly...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Jose Canseco offered Tigers' outfielder Magglio Ordonez an offer he could refuse, say sources within baseball: invest millions in a film project, and be kept clear of allegations of steroid use in Canseco's follow up to tell-all biography, Juiced. MLB referred the case to the FBI, but Ordonez declined to press charges, the New York Times reports.

'Absolutely not," Canseco responded to the allegations yesterday. Ordonez, however, claims that he had been contacted by the ex-slugger and  associates, calling Canseco "desperate for money." As to whether Ordonez will find his name in the forthcoming Vindicated, Canseco said simply: "You are going to have to buy the book."