The Associated Press, citing two unnamed sources, reported this evening that no more than 11 players from this year's free-agent class were asked to speak with George Mitchell as part of his investigation into performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Two agents had told us on Thursday that there were 11 current free-agent players that would actually be named in the Mitchell Commission Report.
The New York Daily News also followed up and sources told them that the union had no idea whether names would be named.
The Mitchell report is supposed to come out in late December, but nobody will know until then whether any of the 11 players asked to speak will be named. Mitchell had set a Saturday deadline for player interviews.
"I said at the outset of the investigation, and I've repeated several times since, that I would provide each player about whom allegations were received of the illegal use of performance-enhancing substances the opportunity to meet with me, at which time I would provide him with the information about the allegations and give him a chance to respond," Mitchell told AP.
SI.com recently reported that a second unnamed active player has agreed to interview with Mitchell. If he does he would join the Yankees' Jason Giambi as the only player to have cooperated.
"When that process is complete, I will evaluate all of the information that has been gathered in the investigation and will make the final decisions as to my report," Mitchell said in his statement to AP.