Brad Ziegler isn’t thrilled with Jhonny Peralta’s $50 million payday

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Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler, one of the best follows among MLB players on twitter, had a little something to say about the Cardinals’ decision to give Jhonny Peralta a four-year, $52 million contract.

It’s worth noting that Ziegler, the Diamondbacks’ union rep, isn’t targeting Peralta himself, but it’s clear that he’d prefer the cash go to clean players instead. Ziegler added that he wants harsher penalties for PED users.

Free agent reliever Chuckie Fick, a Triple-A veteran who reached the majors for the first time in 2012, expressed a similar sentiment in harsher terms, though he’s since deleted the tweet.

It’s safe to say a lot of other players who will never sign $50 million contracts are thinking the same thing right about now.

Mike Napoli and Rays have “mutual interest” in a deal

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times unloaded a lot of interesting news items about the Rays last night, including a report that the Rays might have “mutual interest” in a deal with free agent first baseman/DH Mike Napoli. The Rangers declined Napoli’s $11 million option earlier this month and owe the veteran infielder a $2.5 million buyout.

Napoli, 36, had a strange year in Texas. He turned in 29 home runs, good for 11th-most among AL hitters, but finished the year batting just .193/.285/.428 over 485 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, his -0.5 fWAR was the worst mark of his career to date, but on the bright side, he should come cheap for a team looking to swap out their veterans come spring.

Of course, the specifics of the Rays’ offseason plan have yet to be divulged — or, by all accounts from Topkin, even decided on. The club could go the refurbishment route, changing out some of their higher-paid veterans for a mix of prospects and cheaper aging players; or they could opt for a full rebuild, which Topkin cautions against as it could have a negative effect on the financing of a new ballpark. Either way, the Rays figure to offload some of their bigger contracts this winter, and will need to decide if they want to retain Alex Colome, Chris Archer, Wilson Ramos, Evan Longoria and others before pursuing any other major free agents.