Weiner said that Mitchell did not take into consideration that players could face legal ramifications for whatever they tell Mitchell and that Selig “had not ruled out attempting to discipline players as a result of the information gathered.”I understand and agree with those sentiments. Given the royal caprice Selig exhibited in connection with the Giambi situation -- only after the fact of his cooperation did Bud decide that Giambi should suffer no disciplinary action -- players are totally justified to avoid Mitchell like the plague.
“You are retained by, and act as an agent of the commissioner,” the letter to Mitchell stated. “You are essentially suggesting you will act as an investigator, prosecutor and judge, with respect to allegations about which you have disclosed very little.”
All that said, Mitchell is going to eventually release a report. That's his mandate. The report is going to be informed by an interview with Radomski, and it's going to have a lot of names in it. Mitchell will follow up those names in the report with the sentence "Mr. _____ refused to provide testimony to the commission to rebut these accusations."
I still don't think I'd want to cooperate with Mitchell given the vagueness of it all, but if I knew my name was going to be in the report, I don't know if I'd want it simply hanging out there like that either. Maybe I ask up-front for the Giambi deal.