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Brad Ziegler on Jhonny Peralta’s $52 million agreement with Cardinals: ‘It pays to cheat’

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Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) before game four of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. ...

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) before game four of the American League Championship Series against …

With ESPN's Jim Bowden confirming reports that free agent infielder Jhonny Peralta has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, reaction is starting to come from all points on social media. That includes current players, former players, diehard Cardinals fans, casual baseball watchers and pretty much everyone in between.

Of course, the reaction all stems from Peralta's 50-game suspension during the 2013 season for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic in Florida. With the new deal in place in place, Peralta will receive an annual salary $13 million, which is far north of the $5.5 million he averaged in three seasons with the Detroit Tigers. As you might expect, that raise isn't sitting well most people, resulting in a good chunk of the reaction being overwhelmingly negative. Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler sent perhaps the strongest message of them all.

Former major leaguer Chuckie Fick also weighed in.

Even Cardinals fans are less than thrilled by the signing.

A few more reactions.

This is only a small sampling of the reaction that continues flooding in. It's a highly debatable subject, obviously, and in this case we're admittedly focusing more on the disgust and outrage. But there are also those out there who believe Peralta has served his time and should be free to cash in, while others are willing to look past his suspension all together.

It's a noteworthy discussion, and we're sure we'll be hearing more about it in the days and weeks to come.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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