Even other MLB players are outraged. Jhonny Peralta, who admitted to PED use--he was having a fine year, and no wonder--and was suspended 50 games this past season has just signed a four-year $50 million contract with the Cardinals. Now, ethics aside, I have to wonder about the wisdom of the deal for the normally savvy Cards. Peralta has had up and down career, possibly linked to PED use, and if he stays clean, what will his numbers look like? But even so: Clearly he got whopping contract based on last year's numbers, proving that cheating pays (he had mediocre year in 2012).
And, contrary to what many writers who soft-pedal PED use, even players are upset and want stronger penalties, as expressed by Brad Ziegler, the Diamondbacks' union rep: “It pays to cheat. Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use.”
Monday, November 25, 2013
Peralta Proves: Cheat at Baseball, Make $50 Million
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