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“It Pays to Cheat”? Upset Diamondbacks Reliever Thinks So 93

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 Ziegler’s strong words on Twitter as he calls out the League’s owners after he saw the news of Peralta’s new deal:



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 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 be the only player to be upset about it. As more of these stories come to fruition, remember that Reading Between the Seams will be there to let you know!

Nicholas Persichilli
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