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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.

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@The Don Rey: To your point about the Yankees signing Francisco Rodriguez if the Mets void his contract. That is not going to happen because even if Mariano Rivera decides to hang it up at the end of the season, they have been grooming 25-year old David Robertson by having him take over the eighth inning role and he has performed quite admirably in it. This was supposed to go to Joba Chamberlain but he showed he could not hack it so now he is pitching the seventh and it has been that way for two months now and it is not going to change anytime soon.

The Red Sox I doubt will take him either because Jonathan Paplebon has one more year on his contract and even if he loses his closer's job they have Daniel Bard who I have heard many Red Sox fans on these boards want to close games, so there is not much of a desperate need for a closer there.

I can't speak as to how dire the need for a closer is for the Phillies, Braves, or Marlins but as a Yankees fans I can tell you that they have no need for a closer and because I interact with the Red Sox fans so frequently I can safely say that they are not desperate for one either.

But don't get yourself too worked up over this because like I said the Mets are not going to void K-Rod's contract because that would mean Omar Minaya admitting he screwed up and he is not going to do that.

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