Originally written November 24, 2013 on Reading Between The Seams:
Brad Ziegler pitches against the San Francisco Giants on 6/9/13 (Credit: Getty Images) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler is not very pleased (to say the least) about the four year, $52 million deal that shortstop Jhonny Peralta reportedly signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. You might remember, Peralta missed the last few months of the 2013 season after accepting a 50 game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis Anti-Aging Clinic run by Anthony Bosch. Check out what Ziegler’s strong words on Twitter as he calls out the League’s owners after he saw the news of Peralta’s new deal: It pays to cheat…Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use “@JimBowdenESPNxm: Peralta – Cards agree to 4-year deal: http://t.co/rkpdAO3QaL” — Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) November 24, 2013 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. — Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) November 24, 2013   I understand Ziegler’s frustration, and I’d love to see baseball be 100% clean, if that’s even possible. I personally don’t think that cheaters should not be rewarded with multiyear, multimillion dollar deals, at least not right away, and not until they’ve proven themselves to be worth it once they’ve gotten clean. This deal may be end up being excellent for the Cards, but I kind of hope that it blows up in their faces. They essentially slapped the “clean” players in the face by giving him such a lucrative deal right after a PED suspension. I’m 100% positive that Peralta will not be the only player who gets a big contract coming off of a PED suspension, and Ziegler will not bet the only player to be upset about it. And as more of these stories come to fruition, remember that Reading Between the Seams will be there to let you know! Nicholas Persichilli Reading Between the Seams Part of the Sports-Kings Network Like us on Facebook Follow @Gooberstatus Follow @RBTS_baseball Follow @realsportskings The post “It Pays to Cheat”? Upset Diamondbacks Reliever Thinks So appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.

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