Mets, K-Rod Resolve Grievance

The Mets and Francisco Rodriguez resolved the closer's grievance with the team, according to statements from the Mets and the Players Association. Rodriguez decided not to challenge the Mets’ decision to withhold his 2010 salary after he injured himself in a non-baseball-related incident this August. He says he looks forward to remaining with the Mets and apologized to the team’s owners, players and fans.

The Mets agreed not to attempt to convert Rodriguez’s contract to a non-guaranteed deal and will remove him from the disqualified list. The team lost its closer to a season-ending thumb ligament operation, but ultimately saved $3.1MM.


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24 Comments on "Mets, K-Rod Resolve Grievance"


wickedkevin
4 years 10 months ago

Good for K-Rod. It was the right thing to do.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 10 months ago

Doubt he did it because it was the right thing. The Mets probably would have won their case. It would have been on of the few things the team won this year.

coolstorybro222
4 years 10 months ago

Are you serious? he’s only doing it so he can get his 15 million.

shysox
4 years 10 months ago

Many other teams can pay him that 15 million.

attgig
4 years 10 months ago

it was the compromise, but i would’ve rather had the mets fight it and try to get his contract unguaranteed – and get out of the ridiculous vesting option year.

Sampsonite168
4 years 10 months ago

So basically in terms of the Mets future, this means absolutely nothing, since the Wilpons just pocketed $3M that will have no effect on the payroll for next year.

foxtown
4 years 10 months ago

Mets management agreed to keep the deal guaranteed and in exchange K-Rod agreed not to beat their wives or their aging parents.

MetsEventually
4 years 10 months ago

Sweet 3 million, can’t do much to acquire Cliff Lee.

dickylarue
4 years 10 months ago

Mets should have fought this and tried to rid themselves of the player. For a team that is trying to turn the page, getting him off the team (along with Perez and Castillo) would have sent a nice message to the fans that this isn’t business as usual.

At the very least, the Mets should have fought to get the contract to a non-guaranteed status.

I’m guessing they knew they couldn’t win so taking the money they saved was the best they could do.

adropofvenom
4 years 10 months ago

“I’m guessing they knew they couldn’t win so taking the money they saved was the best they could do. ”

Exactly. There was no legal ground for them to make the contract non-guaranteed. That part was never going to hold up in arbitration and everybody knew it. This was all about a matter of principle from the Mets end that they’re not going to pay someone for a self-inflicted, non-baseball related injury.

In fact, even so much as getting out of a portion of a contract is pretty much unheard of. The only example I can come up with is when Shaun Chacon went bonkers on Ed Wade…..and that one took 2 years of court battles.

Slopeboy
4 years 10 months ago

Everyone is venting against K-Rod because of his reprehensible actions and seems to continue to want to punish him. The CBA in MLB would not allow the Mets to make his contract non-guaranteed the following year. As long as he can perform the following season, the Mets cannot continue to punish him for the previous year. The money they recouped was because of the off-the-field injury, but once he can play, he’s entitled to the salary. The reason for the ‘compromise’ is that were the case taken to court, the Mets would lose. Both sides know it, and rather than make matters and feelings worse, they came to this settlement.

johnsilver
4 years 10 months ago

Mets not much with closer deals. They gave away Wagner last year to Boston to save 1M, then lost 2 premium draft picks to boot, now they compromise with K-Rod in a case they probably could have won, lose another 15M just to save 3M up front? No wonder the Wilpons got swindled so bad in the stock market.

Tko11
4 years 10 months ago

The mets have had closer trouble since Armando Benitez left lol

Just_MLB
4 years 10 months ago

very true !

Just_MLB
4 years 10 months ago

very true !

4 years 10 months ago

Wouldn’t insurance have paid most of that from him being on the disabled list for the last half of the year? I’m probably confused…

foxtown
4 years 10 months ago

Maybe. I imagine the deductible for that kind of insurance is pretty high so they may have been paying most or all of it out of pocket. At the very least, they avoided an increase in insurance rates.

RahZid
4 years 10 months ago

It depends on the language in the policy. Many of the insurance policies teams take out are for baseball related injuries, which this would not qualify as.

Just_MLB
4 years 10 months ago

…and to think all this could have been avoided if Jerry brings in K-Rod instead of Acosta who gave up the grand slam with 2 outs in the 8th…

Just_MLB
4 years 10 months ago

…and to think all this could have been avoided if Jerry brings in K-Rod instead of Acosta who gave up the grand slam with 2 outs in the 8th…

TeamCropDusters
4 years 10 months ago

His contract is still a bargain.

TeamCropDusters
4 years 10 months ago

His contract is still a bargain.

Ricky
4 years 10 months ago

bring in Krod from the pen,,,that’s penitentary

Ricky
4 years 10 months ago

bring in Krod from the pen,,,that’s penitentary