Jhonny Peralta recently signed a four year $52 million dollar contract with the St. Louis Cardinals just months after he was suspended by the MLB for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic in South Beach. Peralta playing with the Detroit Tigers at the time, sat out the reminding games left in the regular season and returned just in time for the playoffs. To Peralta’s credit he was playing at very high level before the suspension was announced batting .303 and helping solidify the top of the Tigers batting order. However, since the signing there has been some players who felt that this cheater should not be playing let alone making $50 million over the next four years.
Arizona Diamondbacks Reliever Brad Ziegler had this to say after hearing about the signing,
“It pays to cheat…Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use”
“People really don’t understand how this works. We thought 50 games would be a deterrent. Obviously it’s not. So we are working on it again”
Many feel that the 50 game suspensions are too weak as evidence enough Peralta seemed to gain more than he lost from the suspension. He was making $5 million before the suspension and is now making $13 million… does that seem right?
What message does it send to the other players when the MLB is fighting Alex Rodriguez in court over his suspension but allow other players linked to the same scandal to continue to play and be rewarded for their tainted play.
Some may feel Peralta has served his time like all the other PED users and is free to earn whatever he can. I agree to a degree that yes he should be free to earn what he can, but it seems like Alex Rodriquez is the main target and all the other names connected to the clinic were given the minimum allowable penalty.
What do you think?