Mets and K-Rod settle Contract 2010 Dispute

In his report on today’s news for ESPN New York, Adam Rubin points out:

“Francisco Rodriguez still has misdemeanor criminal charges pending that could result in a maximum of two years in jail. However, criminal attorney Christopher Booth recently said he expected that matter to be settled before the next scheduled hearing in Queens Criminal Court on Nov. 10.”

Original Post at 2:29 pm:

Francisco Rodriguez has told MLBPA not to challenge the Mets decision to withhold his salary for the remainder of the 2010 season.

In return, the Mets have told Rodriguez they will not seek to convert his contract to a non-guaranteed contract, and he will be removed from the Disqualified List.

As such, the Mets do not have to pay Rodriguez $3.1 million of his 2010 salary.

In a team press release, Jeff Wilpon said:

“We are pleased that Frankie Rodriguez has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences.  We have been assured that he is taking steps to address the issues that led to the incident, and that those efforts will continue.   We have also been assured that he will work hard both on and off the field to regain the trust of the organization, Mets fans and the community.”

OK.  So, basically, nothing has changed, except that the Mets do need to pay Rodriguez the last $3.1 million from his 2010 salary.  Otherwise, he’s still under contract, he’s active and still on the roster.  Though, he still has pending legal issues to deal with, which, technically, have nothing to do with the Mets, aside from the fact that it occurred on their property.

In a separate statement from the MLBPA, Rodriguez basically said:

  • He regrets the incident.
  • He apologizes to Fred and Jeff Wilpon, Saul Katz, Mets fans, his teammates and the rest of the organization.
  • He has been participating in anger management classes.
  • He dropped the claim against the Mets because he is responsible for the August 11 incident.

Lastly, saying, “I look forward to being a part of the 2011 Mets and hopefully beyond.”