That's it. The Jhonny Peralta contract will be a tipping point, leading to harsher penalties for players who are suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.
Prior to Peralta striking it rich, $16 million for two years seemed to be the standard free-agent deal for a position player coming off a PED suspension.
That's what Melky Cabrera got last offseason. That's what Marlon Byrd got this offseason. But Peralta, in his new deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, will earn more than three times that sum.
The Cardinals are in agreement with Peralta on a four-year, $53 million contract, according to major-league sources. And while some fans are outraged, they hardly are the only ones disgusted.
"It pays to cheat," Arizona Diamondbacks reliever and player representative Brad Ziegler tweeted Sunday. "Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use."
Ziegler was referring to the willingness of clubs to reward drug cheats, but he knows the players are just as res...