The first major free-agent signing of the off-season, the
Peralta was among 12 players who accepted 50-game suspensions after evidence linking him to the use of banned substances surfaced during baseball's investigation of a closed South Florida anti-aging clinic.
Peralta hit a career-high .303 and made the
"It pays to cheat. Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use," Arizona reliever
"People really don't understand how this works," Ziegler added later. "We thought 50 games would be a deterrent. Obviously, it's not. So we are working on it again."
The same issue arose last off-season when pitcher
The next to cash in could be outfielder
John Mozeliak, general manager of the Cardinals, said Monday that he sympathizes with Ziegler and others who say players are being given incentives to put up drug-aided numbers. But he also said the Cardinals were not going to appoint themselves "morality police" and ignore Peralta just to prove a point.
"Character and makeup are something we weigh into our decision making," he told reporters. "In his case, he admitted what he did, he took responsibility for it. I feel like he has paid for his mistakes, and obviously if he were to make another one, then it would be a huge disappointment."
The San Diego Padres were involved in two minor trades, sending right-hander
Brach and Mikolas are the only players involved with major league experience. Brach, 27, had a 3.19 earned-run average in 33 games with San Diego last season and is 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA in 109 big league games over parts of three seasons. Mikolas, 25, had two scoreless appearances in July and has a 3.44 ERA in 27 career games.
The Angels hired Nick Francona, son of