Tag:Francisco Rodriguez
Posted on: August 18, 2010 6:54 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 6:55 pm

MLBPA files grievance for KRod

Francisco Rodriguez The MLB PLayers Association has filed a grievance over the Mets placing the injured Francisco Rodriguez to the Disqualified List.

It's hardly a shock that this happened or that it happened this quickly.

Rodriguez underwent surgery on his right thumb on Tuesday and the Mets placed him on the Disqualified List and the converted his contract to a non-guaranteed status.

Things should happen pretty quickly with this one and the fact the Mets used him in a game after his incident -- when the team claims his injury occurred -- could loom large.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 17, 2010 7:24 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 7:48 pm

Rodriguez may not be paid for remainder of 2010

Francisco Rodriguez If Francisco Rodriguez was nervous his assault of his girlfriend's father might cost him a spot on the 2011 team, he need fear nothing.

Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports reports that the Mets will not pursue voiding K-Rod's contract -- which runs through 2011 and has a 2012 vesting option -- and will instead only seek to recoup the remaining salary due the mercurial closer.

But Rodriguez isn't quite out of the woods yet. The New York Post 's Joel Sherman says Rodriguez is being placed on the disqualified list, hoping that the contract can become non-guaranteed and leave the option open for a future voiding of the deal.

Rodriguez was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right thumb as a result of the altercation, as Mets officials claim, and will be out for the remainder of the year. The union, however, is expected to fight this as the docking of salary is a result of injury, not of the initial transgression. Rodriguez was initially punished with a two-game suspension before the injury was discovered and had been activated off the restricted list.

Rodriguez is making $11.5 million, plus a similar amount in 2011. His 2012 option of $17.5 million is a club option, but vests with at least 55 games finished in 2011, a total of 100 in 2010-11 and a healthy bill of health. K-Rod was at 46 before the injury. Assuming he is the Mets' closer in 2011, he should have no difficulty reaching the 55/100-game mark provided he stays healthy.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 16, 2010 10:28 pm

Panel clears voiding of Chacon contract

Ed Wade
Funny that this news should break on a day people are talking about what it takes to void a major-league contract.

An arbitration panel has denied a grievance by the players' union on behalf of pitcher Shawn Chacon, who was released and had his contract voided in 2008 after choking Astros general manager Ed Wade and throwing him to the ground.

Chacon had more than $980,000 left on his $2 million contract at the time of the clubhouse incident. The ruling received by the Astros on Monday denies Chacon any further compensation.

"We’re pleased with the [Chacon] ruling,” Wade told MLB.com. "It was an unfortunate incident, and we’re glad to put it behind us."

It's a reminder for the Mets, who are figuring out what to do with Francisco Rodriguez, that it's possible to void a contract and prevail. It's also a reminder that the union will do anything to get money for its members -- if they went to bat for $980,000, you can be sure that they'll fight for the millions owed to Rodriguez.

In the real world, if you choke your boss you end up not only unemployed but in jail. But if you're a member of the MLBPA, you get a defense team. What a world.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 16, 2010 6:48 pm

Mets to try to void K-Rod contract?

Francisco Rodriguez
Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Mets are considering an attempt to void the contract of Francisco Rodriguez after the discovery that he seriously injured his thumb while beating up his girlfriend's father last week at Citi Field.
Their angle for challenging the contract would be that Rodriguez hurt himself recklessly outside the course of play. There had been questions about whether the Mets could challenge the contract on the grounds of the "personal conduct" component for the attack itself, but that seems like a tough sell now. They grudgingly accepted the union limiting his suspension to two games -- if they thought he had done something he deserved to be fired for, they would have refused to let him back and fought the union.

Rodriguez is under contract for $11.5 million for 2011, and has a vesting option for 2012 at $17.5 million. To trigger that option, he has to finish 55 games in 2011 and finish 100 games combined in 2010-11. He has finished 46 games this season, and assuming he's out for the year, missed out on a $150,000 bonus for finishing 50 (and another $150,000 for 55).

The Mets would surely get a stiff challenge from the union if they try to cut Rodriguez loose without paying him. Even though rendering yourself unable to perform, in the commission of a crime (Rodriguez has been charged with assault), seems like pretty serious negligence, voiding a contract is almost impossible given the union's power.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 16, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 6:08 pm

Mets' Rodriguez needs surgery on thumb

The tabloids are gonna have a field day with this one -- Francisco Rodriguez has a torn ligament in the thumb of his pitching hand and surgery is recommended, the team said.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News , the Mets' closer injured his thumb during his fight with his girlfriend's father last week.

The team suspended him -- and reportedly wanted a longer suspension. This latest development could keep him away for the rest of the season.

Rodriguez made a public apology on Saturday and said he'd undergo anger-management therapy. He also pitched an inning in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Phillies, allowing a hit in a scoreless inning.

Rodriguez was arrested on charges of assaulting Carlos Pena, the grandfather of his two children, outside the team's family room following a 6-2 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday.

UPDATE: According to Martino , Rodriguez first complained of pain in his thumb after his outing on Saturday and a subsequent MRI showed the damage.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 14, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 2:39 pm

Mets wanted longer Rodriguez suspension

Did you think a two-game suspension sounded a little light after Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was charged with beating up his girlfriend's father?

Turns out the Mets did, too.

A source tells the New York Daily News that team brass told Rodriguez they had hoped to suspend him longer. Punishments are determined in collaboration between the team, league and Players Association. The union apparently blocked a longer suspension, providing another example of why it's got way too much power and not enough concern for how it is perceived by the public.

Rodriguez is set to rejoin the team Saturday.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:36 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 1:08 pm

Father of Rodriguez' girlfriend still baffled

Francisco Rodriguez You may have heard by now: Francisco Rodriguez got into an altercation with his girlfriend's father Wednesday night and is being charged with third-degree assault.

The father, Carlos Pena, is still confused about the events, as the New York Daily News reports.

"I don't want to say anything because I still don't know what happened," Pena said.

This is a curious statement, as both the Daily News and New York Post have information on what set the closer off.

The Post says that Rodriguez and his girlfriend were in a screaming match, hurling insults at each other before Pena intervened, telling Rodriguez he couldn't talk to his daughter that way. Rodriguez then flew into a rage, banging Pena's head against a wall and pummeling him with punches. Pena suffered a frontal-lobe hematoma, contusions and abrasions according to officials.

The Daily News adds that Pena made derogatory comments about K-Rod's mother and manhood.

"Stop acting like a baby," a source quoted Pena as telling Rodriguez. "Man up, and play better."

The "play better" is a reference to the Rockies' come-from-behind win on Wednesday, capped off by a Melvin Mora grand slam in the top eighth, to down the Mets. The loss dropped the Mets to one game below .500 and effectively clinched the team's falling out of the postseason race.

Rodriguez now has two restraining orders out on him, both by Pena and the girlfriend, Daian Pena. He is also not allowed to return to Pena's house, where he had been staying. In addition, he was suspended two games without pay for the Mets and began serving the suspension Thursday night.

Daian says she has yet to talk to K-Rod since the arrest, saying she needs to take care of twin one-year-olds she had with Rodriguez. He is currently free on bail after spending Wednesday night at Citi Field and departing midway through Thursday's game to court.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2010 11:05 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:00 pm

$300 taxi ride small price to pay

Ryota Igarashi
Let's face it, the Mets could use some lighthearted news. The newest Met delivered Thursday.

Reliever Ryota Agarashi was called up to take the roster spot of suspended closer Francisco Rodriguez (who you might have heard is having a little legal trouble), and the native of Japan got the call Thursday morning while Triple-A Buffalo was on the road in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Igarashi and his interpreter tried to find a flight that would get them to New York quickly, but couldn't.

So they called a cab. Total fare for the 3 1/2-hour trip: $300. The cab driver also got his first trip to New York.

-- David Andriesen

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