Faced with baseball’s longest doping suspension Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball late Thursday accusing it of buying the cooperation of Anthony Bosch the head of an anti-aging clinic at the center of a doping scandal as part of a continuing “witch hunt” to force him out of the sport. In the complaint Rodriguez’s lawyers claim an investigator paid $150000 in cash for records related to Rodriguez which were apparently stolen. A portion of the cash “was handed off in a bag at a Fort Lauderdale Fla. area restaurant” the lawsuit says. The lawsuit specifically accuses Major League Baseball of engaging in “tortious interference” essentially interfering with Rodriguez’s existing contracts and future business relationships. The suit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan came just days after Rodriguez’s lawyers began appealing the 211-game ban issued by Major League Baseball. It is unclear if the suit will affect the arbitration hearing which is taking place behind closed doors. The suit does not address whether Rodriguez used banned substances. Major League Baseball did not immediately comment on the lawsuit. The allegations laid out in the court papers represent the latest twist in a public and increasingly contentious battle that has pitted Rodriguez one of the best players of his generation against baseball officials as well as the Yankees his employer. In August a lawyer for Rodriguez in an interview with The New York Times disparaged the tactics of baseball investigators working the case and claimed that the Yankees hid from Rodriguez the extent of an injury he sustained last season. The lawyer Joseph Tacopina repeated the claims in a number of interviews including one on NBC’s “Today.” The Yankees and baseball officials have repeatedly rejected claims that they have conspired to sideline Rodriguez and keep him from cashing in on the final years of his $275 million contract.