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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: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:16 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

Most pathetic????  Two words - Detroit Lions

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:30 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

Either one of two things needs to happen. Void the contract if possible or negotiate a buyout of thr remainder and be rid of him NOW! Let him worry about his own rehab and getting a new job, since it was his own action that did this.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:02 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

I know the NBA has tried and failed heinously to void contracts, so I would be interested to see how this goes.  If he did truly hurt himself committing a felony (or at least a pretty bad misdemeanor), then I would have to imagine that they have cause to void it.  And then I would also imagine that most of the rest of MLB will line up to try and sign this guy (at a pariahs discount of course).  

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:48 am
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Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:30 am

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

With baseball (and all major sports) I try very hard to keep things in perspective....  these are elite athletes who make elite salaries.  We work hard each day so we can afford to pay our bills and attend the occaisional major sporting event. 

What if we punched out our father-in-law, injuring ourselves and being arrested?  "We" of course being the civilian public, the non-elites.  I would be out of a job quicker than I could post bail. 

I would be impressed if the Mets could void this contract and send a message to others.  Baseball has a long line of shaky individuals in the HOF and we cannot banish all the "stinkers" to the time out corner...  but we can send a message to other players and fans.

In the end, Frankie's father-in-law probably got punched for telling Frankie that he sucked...  so really, he got punched for telling the truth.

Mets should send a message and not turn the other way on this one.

Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:25 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 7:37 am

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

Minaya and Manuel should really be gone after this season anyway, don't you think? I mean, the talent is there, but there is definitely some huge lack of chemistry or motivation there. Maybe it is just Mauel, but something has got to give.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:59 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

This is crap. I want the Mets to grow a pair and void (or make a serious attempt to) the remainder of Francisco Rodriguez's contract to show that they are taking this matter seriously.

The two game suspension and anger management was a joke. The fight took place in the Family Lounge area where the players' families go to relax and enjoy themselves and they have to be subjected to seeing that garbage.

Don't expect that to happen because K-Rod was an Omar Minaya signing and his job is dangling by a very frayed piece of thread due to the Mets recent performance (if you want to call it that), and voiding his K-Rod's contract means admitting failure which would pretty much be the final straw for Minaya.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:36 pm

Ollie the new closer

I think Oliver Perez should close for the Mets the rest of the season. That would certainly make it interesting!

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2010 8:03 pm

A second chance to take a K-Rod stand

"Dollar for dollar, the most pathetic organization in professional sports."

Haven't the Cubs spent more and done less?  At least the Mets make the playoffs on occasion, and have won a WS or two while people were still alive to watch them.  Oh, and the Knicks.  Let us not forget about the Knicks.  No list of pathetic organizations is complete without the Knicks

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