I doubt they will be able to do it.Mets consider trying to void Rodriguez's contract
By Jon Heyman, SI.com
The Mets are looking into the possibility of voiding closer Francisco Rodriguez's contract, SI.com has learned. If the team is successful in doing so, they could save at least $17 million, and potentially more.
They are looking into whether the contract, for $37 million over three years, can be voided based on Rodriguez injuring himself outside the course of play. Rodriguez suffered torn thumb ligaments during a fight with his girlfriend's father. Rodriguez has been charged with assault in the case.
Rodriguez has apologized for the incident, but that might not get him off the hook. Team sources suggest the voiding of the contract is something that's on the table for team higher-ups.
Rodriguez's salary is $11.5 million in 2010 and also in 2011. He has a $17.5 million vesting option for 2012 with a $3.5 million buyout. That option vests with 100 games finished in 2010 and 2011 combined or 55 games finished in '11, so it's unlikely the option would go into affect anyway.
The players union might have a position on this though, as the Mets were only able to suspend Rodriguez initially for two games due to the power of the players union.
General manager Omar Minaya said publicly the team didn't regret the contract. But perhaps behind the scenes, there are different thoughts being discussed.
Last edited by Tyler Durden; 08-16-2010 at 07:30 PM.
They are fortunate in this case that they have the event on camera with a ton of eyewitnesses, so he cant really dispute the fact. The fact that he pitched in between the fight and the announcement means he might leverage that defense, but if the doctors say the wound is consistent with punching something then he doesnt have a leg to stand on. At that point it would just be a matter of wrangling with the strongest union in sports
The one thing they might risk is one fuming and pissed off K-Rod if they fail to void the deal. I cant imagine hes taking this well.
Wouldnt an absolutely thorough physical exam of his hands be in order after a punching incident like that? AN exam that should clearly show the type of damage he has now?
How can they turn around now and say "oh we didnt know"?
Any competent ATTY will point to his pitching appearance as an example of how he was fine after the fight.
Its stunning to me how that organization is run, and I dont mean that as a bash of Met fans, I mean that in defense of Met fans that have been put through the ringer by these amateurs...
And I do think there is some precedent already set with the Shawn Chacon situation. For those who don't remember, he assaulted his teams GM in 2008, had his contract terminated as a result, and just recently lost his appeal. And he didn't even injure himself in the process.
Not sure if the Mets would bother to go down that road, in that it's a long legal battle I'm sure, and he's still a pretty ****ing good pitcher and it would be hard to replace him for next year. But it isn't his first anger-related incident with this team (and probably not his 2nd or 3rd either) so maybe they're just sick of it and looking for an out.
I'm just in disbelief at what a trainwreck this entire situation is though.
For gawds sake, he was in the stadium for nearly 24 hours following the event...
Bring back Lorinda de Roulet!
I hope this fits your approval better....
Mets Press Release
So essentially...FLUSHING, N.Y., August 17, 2010 -- The New York Mets on Tuesday announced that they have placed pitcher Francisco Rodriguez on the Disqualified List for conduct in violation of his Uniform Player's Contract.
In addition, the Mets notified the player, his agent, and the MLB Players Association that it has exercised its right to convert Rodriguez's contract with the club to a non-guaranteed contract.
The Mets' decision follows the season-ending injury to the thumb on Rodriguez's right pitching hand as a result of an altercation following last Wednesday night's game at Citi Field.
Rodriguez will not be paid or accrue major-league service time while on the Disqualified List.
Dr. Andrew Weiland of the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan this afternoon performed successful surgery to repair the torn ligament in Rodriguez's thumb this afternoon.
- The Mets plan on having K-Rod on the "Disqualified" list until he's healthy enough to Pitch again, where he will not be paid.
- They are "excersing their right" to make the remainder of his contract non-guaranteed. Which, According to Adam Rubin...
The union has already spoken outPlayers with nonguranteed deals essentially can be cut at points during spring training, with the club only responsible for 30 or 45 days’ pay depending on the timing of the dismissal.
- Joel Sherman twitterUnion head Mike Weiner on K-Rod: The #Mets actions are without basis and I expect the union will challenge them right away
Oh, and as to our little debate earlier.
MetsBlogThe Mets and Rodriguez say he injured his thumb during the alleged altercation at Citi Field, according to their trainers, who say he did not complain of the injury on Saturday, which is why he was allowed to pitch.
Yes, Rodriguez said that to the trainers… ouch… seems to me that will hurt his case
- The Mets claim K-Rod told trainers that he hurt his thumb in the incident
- And he did not complain about any injuries prior to that appearance. Hence, why he was allowed to pitch.
Shutdown enough for you?
Last edited by Ven0m; 08-17-2010 at 09:41 PM.
If the Mets had half a brain, KRod would have been looked at by Mets Dr.'s prior to his first post incident appearance regardless of any claim that he was fine for the reasons I delineated before..its almost a certainty he would suffer some sort of injuries.
Of course KRod wouldnt want them to know he was hurt, how could that help his case?
Plus, with the adrenaline of the incident still flowing, he might have not felt anything at first...but any competent Dr. on the staff should have anticipated that there would be a good reason to check him out.
If he steadfastly refused to have any exam done, it should have been documented by the Mets. If its a matter of contractual obligation to acquiesce to a medical exam by team physicians at any point they deem nec., then even more compelling.
Last edited by 32green; 08-17-2010 at 10:37 PM.
The Mets placed Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list, giving them the option to convert Rodriguez's contract into a non-guaranteed one.
K-Rods fall from grace is amazing to me, a few years ago while with the angels he was regarded as one of the best in the game, then as soon as he goes to the mets he just becomes a total schmuck (like the rest of the mets)
The Mets should have examined his hand after the fight. And maybe they did. But KRod is also responsible for being up front about any pain or discomfort he was experiencing after the fight. If he hid any symptoms from the trainers and medical staff, that goes against his contract, too. In this case he had some reason to hide the truth.
A torn ligament in the thumb that requires surgery to repair would I think be fairly obvious on physical exam. He definitely should have been checked out after the fight, before he pitched again, especially if the Mets were considering voiding his contract.