PEDs user gets big pay day after 50 game suspension….

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?

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4 Responses to PEDs user gets big pay day after 50 game suspension….

  1. pauldermody says:

    In no way shape or form should the player being reprimanded be given blame. It comes down to the MLB and the owners in this instance. First it is the MLB’s policy that suspends the player in question. Now due to the suspension they have to make that guaranteed money back. That is the owners fault for not putting a clause in the contract stating that if a player is found guilty they lose all money earned during their suspension. Yes it may seem that players get richer as they cheat. They serve their time and that is the last of it. No blame should be laid onto a player for earning money that is rightfully theirs.

  2. I can see where players are coming from. Brad Ziegler and David Aardsma have made some pretty legitimate claims for athletes being paid for cheating but in the case of Jhonny Peralta, the St. Louis Cardinals are acquiring a player who has been good for a while and had heightened production before the whole scandal arose. Peralta has been in the MLB for a while and it is unclear when he started to use PEDs but he has been a good, reliable player in the past. The Cardinals are in a way at fault for this issue rising because they signed him to such a lucrative contract but in their defense, the GM of the Cardinals made a statement saying that they paid to acquire a good player, which is true. While Peralta did cheat, he served his suspension and came back and had a positive impact on the Detroit Tigers run to the ALCS but I do not think any side of this argument of if it pays to cheat could gain much traction over the otherside.

  3. mb11oo says:

    This whole signing personifies MLB’s attitudes towards PED’s. The penalty for using the PED’s is less than even one whole season. In contrast, in athletics, athletes are banned for 2 years from partaking in competitions. The financial implications of that suspension is substantial. In baseball, its next to nothing. The Cardinals are just acting just as MLB did itself, in dealing with steroids in the late 90’s. MLB has shown that profits take precedence over taking a stand against PED’s. The only reason they even developed any kind of a drug testing policy (as weak as it is), was because congress threatened to impose one on them. Even new Human Growth Hormone testing will only take place in-season.

    But I can’t help notice the irony of a player union rep complaining about the suspension when it was the players union that resisted being tested and played a major role in the PED problem baseball currently finds itself in. Also, does anybody truly believe that Peralta only cheated the one time he got caught?

    Marked to here – Nov 29 – SE

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