Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Report: Diamondbacks to avoid signing players with link to PEDs

Don't count on the Arizona Diamondbacks signing players connected to using performance-enhancing drugs anytime soon. According to a report by beat writer Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the team won't be pursuing free agent Nelson Cruz because of the policy, or any PED user for that matter.

As far as the Diamondbacks are concerned, their hardline stance appears to be spearheaded by Ken Kendrick, the club's managing general partner and a longtime critic of PED users. When Jason Grimsley's house was raided in 2006, Kendrick made sure the Diamondbacks immediately cut ties with the reliever -- and even tried to have his contract voided. Team sources say Kendrick continues to discourage the acquisition of players, or even the hiring of coaches, who have ties to PEDs.

This report comes just days after the St. Louis Cardinals made shockwaves throughout the baseball community by "rewarding' free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta with a handsome contract. The move caused considerable backlash from critics claiming that the signing unfairly rewarded a player for using PEDs.

The Cardinals eventually came out and said that they aren't responsible for being the moral police. So, apparently Arizona has decided to take up that title instead.

Of course, it should be pointed out that Matt Williams, who was named in the Mitchell Report, has been coaching the club for the past few years. But he has apparently been given a pass because he didn't directly benefit from a significant free agent contract.

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