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A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

Posted on: August 16, 2010 7:26 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 7:29 pm
Last week, the Mets were laughably soft on closer Francisco Rodriguez, after he was arrested and charged with punching his girlfriend's father -- in the family room at Citi Field.

The day after the incident, manager Jerry Manuel even said he would have no problem at all using Rodriguez.

This week?

Well, now that Rodriguez needs surgery on his right thumb, as a result of an injury apparently suffered in the altercation, the Mets are looking into voiding Rodriguez's contract, according to a report by Jon Heyman of

The turnaround is no surprise for a team that always reacts to public criticism (and the Mets got plenty of public heat for their handling of the K-Rod mess last week). The much bigger questions are whether the Mets will do more than publicly "look into it," and whether they could even get away with such a move (the players' union would without doubt fight such an attempt).

Rodriguez has about $18 million remaining on his contract, which is guaranteed through next season and includes an option for 2012.

The simpler move for the Mets -- if they indeed plan to come down harder on Rodriguez -- would be an attempt to put him back on the restricted list for the rest of this season, which would cost Rodriguez (and save the team) approximately $3 million.

Teams normally can't suspend players who are injured on the field, or in accidents off the field. And arbitrators have ruled that even injuries resulting from frustration on the field (like Philadelphia's Ryan Madson breaking his toe kicking a chair earlier this year) are not subject to no-pay suspensions.

The Rodriguez situation could be different. It's still uncertain whether the Mets could get away with withholding his pay. Last week, after negotiations with the union and the commissioner's office, the Mets initially placed K-Rod on the restricted list (in effect, suspending him without pay) for just two days.

That suspension, the supportive words from K-Rod's teammates and the mild criticism from Mets management left the impression that the Mets had no interest -- or at least no strength of conviction -- to come down hard on their closer.

Now that the incident has led to a season-ending injury, the Mets get another chance to show what they really believe. And another chance to make Rodriguez's actions even more costly.

Category: MLB

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 9:10 am

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

Look at the possibilities. He heals fine and the Mets dump him.

Highest Bidders:
- Yankees need a younger, more proven replacement for Rivera. They likely could give him $12-18 mill.
- The Red Sox might not bring back Pappelboner or whatever his name is. They could offer him the same contract.
- Phillies need a closer badly as do the Braves! Billy Wagner and Brad Lidge just haven't been successful the past couple seasons.

At the Bottom
- The Marlins are likely going to lose Cody Ross, and maybe Ricky Nolasco. That is nearly 6.5 million. This violates the probation they're on, so picking up Franky at 6 mill or more per year for the next couple seasons benefits them especially if they are unable to resign Dan Uggla next year.

K-Rod will have a job as a closer next season if the Mets let him go and he is healthy. That is almost guaranteed.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 8:53 am

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

That is exactly why the Mets should not void his contract. We don't know if this is Mariano Rivera's final season as a Yankee or not! If the Mets dump him and a team like the Red Sox or Yankees is in need of a closer then he's going to get paid, especially by the Yankees.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:04 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

I don't think you can blame the Met's organization too much for the way the K-Rod incident was or wasn't handled. It's unfortunate, but it seems that the Player's Association has more control over the game than what most people know. The Met's wanted a heavier suspension, and from what I understand, also wanted to dock K-Rod of pay, but the Player's Association and MLB decided against, giving K-Rod a lesser discipline. I just don't get it. MLB (Bud Selig) want to get tough on players who take performance inhancing drugs, when the drugs only hurt the player who takes the drug (unless you're talking about the integrity of the game, the fellow teammates and fans), but don't do anything to discipline players for altercations off the field (D.U.I.'s, domestic disputes, physical altercations, etc) that DO involve other individuals in and out of the game. I'm not saying that taking performance inhancing drugs should be allowed just because it only hurts the player who uses it, but what I am saying is that MLB needs to get tougher on players who continue to have a history, both on and off the field, of criminal acts that would land any normal person who isn't a professional athlete in jail or some other form of justice. Players who violate the rules and rugulations of the game and/or break the law, should be suspended from baseball for a determined time without pay!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:04 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

dude he is not a liar he is doing his best to report a story in witch p,a. is putting up trouble. they don't care about what is right just about them getting payed

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:00 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

i disagree, i think it a failure on k-rod's part and we should stop finding excuses and other people to blame when these rich cry-babies do something wrong. hold k-rod accountable for his actions.  and fire manuel for even trying to justify it by saying "as men" we all would have some reaction.  as a man , he should have walked away, i don't care what provoked him.  the wilpons and minaya have to make a statement. VOID IT

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:51 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

Is it common knowledge that K-Rod was totally in the wrong in the incident? No provocation, no extinuating circumstances? I still haven't seen a story reporting exactly what did happen in the altercation. I think that would have some impact on eventual litigation.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:06 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

RF. They'll never buy him out, unless he agrees to a buyout at much less then whats left in his contract.  That being said depending on what is in that CBA it might not be a bad move for K-rod to take a buyout if offered to him.

Personally I think it goes one way and one way only.  The Mets will void his contract and the Mets will fight it.  An arbitrator will most likely decide if a criminal conviction of this kind is good enough reason to void a deal setting a precedent for other players down the road.

I would love to see the loser's contract be voided.. the only problem I have is i'm willing to bet big money that as long as he heals properly there will be at least a couple of teams willing to pay him just as much or even more then he was making....  they almost can't say no to him or he and his lawyers will sue for collusion....  if he's healthy, he'll make a fortune and there is nothing anybody can do to stop him.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:58 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

so  which team is worse?

the mets


the knicks


Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:35 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

That's what happens when u have Paco running the show and stealing money and giving it to Jose, Ariba, Abajo and Verde.
How dare you?  You almost made me spit my drink all over my laptop when I read this!

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:20 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

No That Would Be The New York Knickerbockers !

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