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We know it hasn't been the most productive offseason for our beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and we feared they would, in the face of growing public criticism in the face of a new stadium, make a rash deal just to say they're doing something. But jeez: We didn't think they'd start paying guys by the pound.

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Last night, the Cardinals signed Sidney Ponson to a one-year deal. In case you don't remember, Ponson had an active time last year: Two DUI arrests, 30 days in an alcohol rehab center and 11 days in an Aruba jail after punching a judge. It's an incentive-laded contract; we would certainly hope so.

Just for the record: The Cardinals brass told him Busch was just the name of the stadium, right? That wasn't one of the incentives, was it?

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Jail Bird A Cardinal [Baseball Musings]