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Melky's Website Scam Reportedly Led MLB Investigators To Wild Chase In D.R.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - It was recently confirmed by Major League Baseball that an associate of Melky Cabrera purchased a website and attempted to create evidence to support a claim that the outfielder inadvertently took the substance that caused a positive drug test.

And now, the investigation into the San Francisco Giants outfielder is taking even wilder twists and turns.

The ex-Yankee -- currently serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone -- sent baseball officials on a trip to the Dominican Republic to obtain a full load of anabolic steroids, the New York Daily News reported.

It turns out that Cabrera's plotting and scheming may have been even more methodical than originally thought.

"This is not a simple scheme," one source familiar with the ongoing investigation told the newspaper. "There was a lot to it."

Officials from Major League Baseball went to a town in the Dominican Republic in an effort to purchase the product that the All-Star blamed for his positive test, according to the paper.

"They acquired more than one website to advertise a product they created," a source familiar with the case told the Daily News. "It was outlandish enough that Major League Baseball could go to the Dominican Republic and buy it from some guy."

Cabrera, the MVP of the All-Star Game last month, was having a brilliant campaign before his suspension turned the baseball world upside down. Prior to being relegated to the sidelines of Major League Baseball, the seven-year MLB veteran was batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs for the first-place Giants.

This situation seems to be new territory for Major League Baseball. If Cabrera did indeed plot this entire scheme, how should he be punished?

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