Alex Rodriguez’s camp pounced on a report that alleged Major League Baseball officials “likely” knew they were purchasing stolen documents in pursuit of Rodriguez and other players.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported Friday MLB investigators impeded a similar endeavor by the Florida Department of Health when they bought evidence of players’ activity with Biogenesis, the shuttered South Florida anti-aging clinic. Rob Manfred, the MLB COO, testified in Rodriguez’s appeal hearing (which resumes Monday at MLB’s Park Avenue headquarters) that the league didn’t know the documents were stolen when he authorized the payment of $125,000 in cash for them.