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David Aardsma once had some not-so-good things to say about new Cardinals teammate Jhonny Peralta

Mar 26, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Right-hander David Aardsma just signed a minor-league deal with the Cardinals, which wouldn’t be particularly newsworthy except for the fact that Aardsma was very outspoken on Twitter back when the Cardinals signed Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $53 million deal in November.

Here’s an Aardsma tweet from the day Peralta signed, November 23:

I wonder if that topic will come up during clubhouse introductions today?

  1. clydeserra - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    #daviddoesn’tunderstandhowfreeagencyworks

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

    I think Aardsma’s criticism is of the system more than Peralta himself.

    • renaado - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      I think it’s more like hate the player “On Making You” hate the game….

  3. icanspeel - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    He didn’t really say anything bad.. just spoke the truth.

    • paperlions - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Except, he didn’t. Being good at baseball and a rare resource that fills a need (adequate SS defense, decent bat that destroys LHP) means you get a raise. Being suspended for PED use had nothing to do with it.

      Whatever grasp we as fans think we have on the effects of PEDs on player performance, I can guarantee that many teams have a much better grasp of it than we do Teams like the Cardinals have entire analytical departments, there is approximately a 0% they haven’t done as much as possible to understand the effects of PEDs in general and with respect to Peralta in particular. Teams aren’t just throwing millions of dollars around without consideration of the issue.

  4. spudchukar - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Holliday had been critical of PED users too, and he smoothed things over with Peralta rather easily. Look for the Red Birds to snatch another reliever or two before the season starts, because their non-25 man roster guys have sucked royally this ST. Guys like Maness, Butler, Petrick, Fornataro, Cooney, Lyons, Reyes, and Whiting have all pitched pitifully this Spring.

    On the upside, none of those guys were expected to make the squad, but the Cards’ brass cannot be happy with their Florida performances. So as insurance, look for a couple more cast-offs to hook-up with minor league deals.

  5. gigab0t - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Peralta served his 50. Entered free agency and got paid. Unless Aardsma is suggesting LIFETIME BANISHMENT for first offenses, not sure what he’s trying to accomplish.

    • nomoreliesfortoday - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Yeah, cause there is no other possible suggestion to be had.

      • gigab0t - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        I only said I wasn’t sure. What would you suggest?

        Personally I have no problem with Peralta or the Cards here. It’s not like he’s getting away with something.

  6. cincinata - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    It doesn’t look like he will be joining the big club anytime soon, so why worry about it?

  7. campcouch - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    How many rings do identified AND punished PED users have total? Off the top of my head, Manny Ramirez and A-Rod…I won’t count McGwire or Canseco because at that time it wasn’t against the rules. Even if dudes are on PEDs,the reason the majority of players don’t care is because those inflated stats the users have,create the market for contracts. If Peralta gets X amount for his numbers,the guys with comparable numbers will get paid similar money. It’s nice that Aardsma supports the fictional purity of baseball,but unless he enjoys being a minor leaguer,he’s going to have to accept that purity ended when the first cup of coffee was swilled down in 1869. The penalties for knowingly breaking a rule AND using a controlled substance aren’t even harsh. You have three shots and no risk of criminal charges. I mean you can sit in front of Congress or a Grand Jury and lie or plead the 5th or go on vacation for 50 games to a year with your guaranteed contract intact. Shoot,Braun got a man fired from his job,sat out 65 games and now no one even thinks about him. PEDS are here to stay.

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