K-Rod On Disqualified List; Union Files Grievance

WEDNESDAY, 5:06pm: The MLBPA has officially filed a grievance on K-Rod's behalf, tweets Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

TUESDAY, 6:58pm: MLBPA leader Michael Weiner told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the Mets' actions are "without basis" (Twitter link). Weiner expects the MLBPA to challenge the team's actions "right away."

6:08pm: The Mets placed closer Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list and converted his contract to a non-guaranteed deal, the team announced today. K-Rod will not be paid or pick up service time while on the disqualified list.

Teams can place a player on the disqualified list if he has violated the terms of his contract and Andy Martino of the New York Daily News says it sounds like the Mets won't reinstate their closer until he can play (Twitter link). Rodriguez has about $3MM remaining on his 2010 contract, so the Mets would save a considerable amount if their decision stands and K-Rod is out for the season. The MLBPA could object on Rodriguez's behalf, though. 

K-Rod underwent thumb surgery today to repair a ligament. The Mets say Rodriguez told a team trainer that he injured himself in an altercation with the grandfather of his children, according to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse (Twitter link). GM Omar Minaya said the Mets do want to bring K-Rod back in 2011, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork (on Twitter). He has at least $15MM remaining on his contract after 2010.


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64 Comments on "K-Rod On Disqualified List; Union Files Grievance"


4 years 11 months ago

Good for them. It’s about damn time they’ve showed any kind of back-bone over the past few years.

4 years 11 months ago

mets=hhahahaaha……….nuff said

monkeyspanked
4 years 11 months ago

What a dummy.

$1742854
4 years 11 months ago

K Rod should’ve beat some sense into Johan before he…

4 years 11 months ago

Thug life, dumb people get served.

4 years 11 months ago

K-Rod is gonna hear the news and take the whole Mets organization out. He’s going to bring Ugeth Urbina and Kyle Farnsworth with him.

JD
4 years 11 months ago

I would pay K-Rod several thousand dollars just to take out Oliver Perez, so Ollie could get DQ’d himself.

withpower
4 years 11 months ago

Is he going to spring Ugie out of a Venezuelan prison?

4 years 11 months ago

Yes, K-Rod is gonna beat up the wardens father-in-law

myname_989
4 years 11 months ago

It’s ashame there are no women involved, or Brett Myers could have helped as well.

Mario Saavedra
4 years 11 months ago

Don’t forget Brian Giles, he’s good on hitting women, especially pregnant ones.

johnsilver
4 years 11 months ago

Don’t forget Elijah Dukes. He even had his own personal “keeper” hired by the Nationals to follow him around and keep him out of trouble with them until they finally got fed up with his useless self.

4 years 11 months ago

true dat bro, still a decent pitcher

foxtown
4 years 11 months ago

Ozzie Guillen will claim he’s the “only one” encouraging latino players not to beat up their fathers-in-law.

4 years 11 months ago

hahaha thats good

moonraker45
4 years 11 months ago

What if K-Rod doesn’t recovery from the thumb surgery and the impeding personal life disaster (girlfriend troubles, court, jail time etc) Will the mets then try to void the entire contract? Seems to me like there is atleast a decent chance that 2011 his mind and or health or a combination of both, won’t be ready to commit to being a professional major leaguer.

monkeyspanked
4 years 11 months ago

I think the Mets are jinxed maybe. Until Omar and ownership changes, they are the biggest tease to their fans. You think they’ve got a team that can win, and POOF! Something always happens.

At least with Nationals, Pirates, Orioles, etc. fans, they know they’re getting a loser. Mets fans get stroked every year.

4 years 11 months ago

As a phillies fan, I like seeing this…

but they need to fire minaya and manual, and rebuild, because the Wilpon family took a huge hit with the whole bernie madoff thing, and so payroll is gonna be low for awhile

Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

what i dont get…is what is the obsession phillie fans have with the mets…i can understand boston hating the yankees…seeing them crush their dreams for 100 years straight…but we have no history against philly…u guys have had this chip on your shoulder that def extends beyond the realm of baseball…

philly hating on the mets is like the pirates hating on the astro’s..that issh just makes no sense…lol

Slopeboy
4 years 10 months ago

Don’t believe the hype. There’s no need to take up a collection for the Wilpons, they’re not broke. They’re using the Madoff scandel as a convinient excuse to just be cheap. They have a history of making bad mid-level signings and then passing on more expensive signings that make sense.When they signed Piazza years back, that was only because the fans and the media sent out a huge outcry to do so, and they bowed to the pressure. They skipped on A-Rod, Vlad, Halladay for example. They only signed Santana because no one else wanted to make the deal. After NY and Boston said no to Minnesota, they got lucky by offering nobodies and Minnesota accepted, in order to come away with something. This past winter they signed Bay, because no one else was offering the kind of money he was demanding. They actually were the only real bidders and still overpaid. Then they didn’t do anything else to improve the team. At the trading deadline they stood pat. All they did was cut Alex Cora in order to avoid the vesting clause in his contract for next year. They refused to cut Perez and Castillo because they refuse to eat any part of the contracts that still run into next year. The Mets payroll will be low only because the Wilpons feel that people will come to the new ballpark if they put a competitive team (at least on paper) on the field that draws fan interest. They’re not interested in being champions as much as bringing in the money. You can bet they will fire Manuel ,but will ‘reassign’ Minaya, as he’s owed another year on his contract.As a Phillies fan you can be happy for a good while.

Sampsonite168
4 years 11 months ago

Expected, but blah nonetheless. Really has no bearing on the team’s future plans unless they really are going to try and void his entire contract. But as of now the $3M they’re going to save for this year isn’t going to have any affect on next year’s payroll or his option, and with it being mid-August the Wilpons are likely just going to pocket that $3M.

SoCalAngelsFan75
4 years 11 months ago

Reminds me of those Chappelle Show skits “When keeping it real goes wrong”. K-Rod was just trying to keep it real. “Wu-Tang!” LOL

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

The Clayton Bigsby sketch still puts me in tears.

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

Don’t forget he faces up to a year in prison if found guilty of 3rd degree assault. The only way he won’t be found guilty is if the lawsuit is dropped.

Zack23
4 years 11 months ago

Right. I call plea deal, he gets probation, anger management, and small fine- also known as the celebrity special.

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

And then he’ll be wanting a “second chance” like every other athlete. While everyone else in the real world would be fired on the spot after committing any type of crime. MLB should suspend players like the NFL does (even though they’re too soft. Vick should have been suspended a full season).

alphabet_soup5
4 years 11 months ago

I think a full season would’ve been harsh for a guy who just spent 2 years in federal jail. Roethlisberger should have been suspended longer; he’s a quarterback in the national football league, I’m sure he can find some women he doesn’t have to force to be with him.

gamehawk
4 years 11 months ago

This guy tears up his thumb in a NON BASEBALL activity and the MLBPA is going to challenge the METS rights to disqualify this guys salary for the remainder of the season. The players union in this case is dead wrong, the METS organization should have the right to void his contract for the rest of this season. What a dumba*s KRod is for putting himself and the team in this spot.

oleosmirf
4 years 11 months ago

apparently b/c the idiot Mets pitched him after his original suspension. K-Rod can claim he got hurt in the game, not b/c of fight…

however if word is correct that k-rod told trainers it was b/c of fight they have no case

Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

is there any record of k-rod telling them this, or this strictly one word against the other

Zack23
4 years 11 months ago

That’s a simplistic look at it. Take a legal look at the issue: What clause in the contract did he violate?

While it seems obvious and whatever, it’s not, because it’s a legal issue.

bjsguess
4 years 11 months ago

Agreed – this is more complicated than it looks.Take hitting a Gatorade cooler in a dugout – resulting in an injury – is that baseball related? There is nothing in the game that suggests hitting anything in a dugout is OK. Yet, we see players do it and get injured all of the time. To my knowledge no contracts have been voided because of this.How about fights in the locker room? Basketball on the weekends? Think of the millions of ways that athletes get hurt and then think of how many contracts were voided because of that. The reality is that voided contracts are incredibly rare.The Mets may have public sympathy on this move because K-Rod was being a total a-hole. However, I don’t think that improves their legal position one iota.

4 years 11 months ago

this could spell the end to guaranteed contracts in baseball. If you can’t void a contract for a non playing injury, that happens in an incident where you are charged with a crime then when can you. If I were the Union here I would proceed with caution. win the battle lose the war.

oleosmirf
4 years 11 months ago

misdemeanor

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

It’s still a crime and he faces up to a year in jail if found guilty (which he will be).

oleosmirf
4 years 11 months ago

noone with money gets jail time for class 3 assault, he will get a nice fine though…

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

I’d like to see NYC/S try to make an example out of him like they did Plaxico Burress.

4 years 11 months ago

I could be wrong so I changed my post to read”charged with a crime”. I still think the union should be careful here.

Zack23
4 years 11 months ago

AHAHAAHAHA, yeah right. Tell your GM to sign Lee 5 years/120m, but only 40m is guaranteed, so how quickly he signs with another team.
All teams can’t just decide to stop giving guaranteed contracts, that collusion.

4 years 11 months ago

I’m just sayin in the next CBA, that includes all teams. Its not that far away from negotiations time.

VoteForPrado
4 years 11 months ago

Michael Weiner. What an appropriate name for someone defending a guy that punched his father-in-law.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 11 months ago

Want to hear a joke? I wrote a post regarding Carlos Zambrano and the possibility of him being traded to the Mets in exchange of Castillo and Perez since the contracts matched up. My logic (if I dare call it that now) was that maybe a change of scenery and joining fellow Venezuelans Santana and K-Rod might have a calming effect on Z. 1 week later I learn that Santana was accused of rape by some woman (charges were never made by police) and then the K-Rod situation. Looking back that was sort of like asking Andy Dick to be Lindsey Lohan’s AA sponsor.

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

Maybe the Mets and Cubs can still swap K-Rod and Zambrano. Crazy Venezuelan for Crazy Venezuelan sounds fair.

SadMetFan
4 years 11 months ago

I guess teams will start putting in a “do not fight family members” clause in new contracts. Have it right next to playing flag football and basketball.

mrmet128
4 years 11 months ago

HAHAHAHAH WEINER!

seriously though, without basis? no. he beat up his step father IN Citi Field, tore his thumb in the fight.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

Anyone else thinking karma?

mrmet128
4 years 11 months ago

sorry about that, i just noticed i said step father. i meant in law.

4 years 11 months ago

What happens if no charges are pressed?

You know, I’m gonna go devil’s advocate here just briefly. Is his girlfriend’s father living and working independently in NY/NJ? I don’t think so. I think he lives in a millionaire’s home in Staten Island. Maybe he takes care of his grandkids, sure, and maybe he has work somewhere, but KRod is the breadwinner for everybody who lives in that house. Why would Mr. Pena want to press charges if he didn’t sustain any damage?

Furthermore, wasn’t the attack immediately preceded by Pena shouting/arguing with KRod’s mom? Maybe he had a history of disrespecting Mom-Rod and Frankie just blew his top. (Of course I realize Pena’s involvement may have involved his defense of his daughter; still we don’t know the exact transcript of this unfortunate family feud.)

Truly the whole KRod clan MUST know he’s a live wire, with anger and resentment from his (at times) hungry and barefoot childhood in the slums of Caracas. It doesn’t excuse the violence, no, but it contributes to context here.

Anyway the Mets would be wise to continue to treat him as an investment as they are not likely to shed that contract and can’t afford to have him seething with indignation in the clubhouse throughout 2011.

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

Charges have already been pressed though.

Craig077
4 years 11 months ago

This has so many implications. No one has mentioned the point that Los Mets wiggled out of paying Alex Cora guaranteed $2 million by dropping him before he hit his games played number. Then a week later, this KRod nonsense.

The perceived apathy on this team bothers me, no one in the clubhouse really seems to care, and the front office is busy trying to figure out ways to evade paying contracts they negotiated. WTF?

If I am a potential free agent or a play with a limited no-trade clause, there is NO CHANCE that I am heading to Los Mets. Never!

Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

“If I am a potential free agent or a play with a limited no-trade clause, there is NO CHANCE that I am heading to Los Mets. Never!”CO-SIGN….but i don’t like the fact that u have to put LOS METS…wake me up when the Mets have a latino owner and start selling rice, beans and platano maduro’s instead of dogs/burgers at the park