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Cardinals agree to four-year contract with Jhonny Peralta

The free-agent shortstop, who was suspended 50 games last season for using performance-enhancing drugs, gets a deal worth more than $50 million.

November 24, 2013|Wire reports
  • Detroit's Jhonny Peralta is congratulated by third base coach Tom Brookens after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland A's in Game 4 of the American League division series.
Detroit's Jhonny Peralta is congratulated by third base coach Tom… (Leon Halip / Getty Images )

Free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, giving the All-Star a fresh start after his Biogenesis drug suspension last summer.

The Cardinals filled a need by getting a top-hitting shortstop a month after losing the World Series in six games to Boston. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso, although generally good fielders, are light hitters.

The deal was expected to be worth more than $50 million.

"We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals," General Manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

But the move drew a different reaction from a couple other big leaguers.

"It pays to cheat… Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use," Arizona pitcher Brad Ziegler tweeted.

"Apparently getting suspended for PED's means you get a raise. What's stopping anyone from doing it," free-agent pitcher David Aardsma tweeted.

The 31-year-old Peralta was suspended 50 games last season as a result of Major League Baseball's investigation in the Biogenesis case involving performance-enhancing drugs. He returned to the Detroit Tigers in late September and played in the postseason, both in left field and at shortstop.

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