Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids during his 2003 MVP season, sources tell Sports Illustrated. A-Rod was one of 104 players to test positive that year, in a survey test conducted to determine whether the league needed tougher drug policies. Asked about the results this week, Rodriguez replied: “You’ll have to talk to the union. I’m not saying anything.”
Steroids were against the rules in 2003, but no penalties were then in place for a positive result. The survey test of 1,198 players was supposed to be anonymous, but Rodriguez’s information was found when federal agents seized the results during its BALCO investigation. The full list is under seal in California, but four sources verify that A-Rod tested positive for Primobolan, an especially expensive brand of anabolic steroid.