Some Type Of Sense

By / August 17, 2010 / 2010 Season

So here is the deal with Francisco Rodriguez and his contract with the New York Mets.

The logistics per the New York Post:

The Mets have placed closer Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list and will try to remove guarantees from his remaining contract.

So the Mets get out of paying him $3 million for the rest of the year. Makes total sense. What does not make sense? They want him back next year.

The Mets make this whole big song and dance about wanting to void his contract, yet they are saying they want him back next year. Don’t believe me? Here’s the quote:

Right now we do plan on bringing him back next year. Today we want him back.

That was by Omar Minaya. Jeff Wilpon wants Rodriguez to undergo anger management classes before anything elsehappens. Well, that and he has to be deemed fit. Those are the terms to which he can come back to should the Mets choose that route.

Here is what kills me.

Why go through all of this if you are going to bring him back? Is $3 million really that big of a deal? By getting rid of Alex Cora, they dumped $2 million. Now with Rodriguez, they have saved a total of five million big ones.

I kind of get it. I kind of don’t.

If you do not want someone on your team, then you do not want that person on your team. Anger management or no anger management.

Look at the whole situation with Carlos Zambrano with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have been trying to trade him. Not going to happen. Who will take that head case? However, he has been undergoing therapy and he claims it has helped him.

If it helps Rodriguez, good for him, but whether or not it helps is not the issue. Anybody who does require this, by all means should go through it. Anger tirades are no laughing matter and should be taken seriously. However, if you make it clear you are trying to get out of a contract, you stick with that.

As head of an organization, you need to show that you are strong and unwavering. The Mets for too long have made themselves appear to be wishy-washy and in so doing, have lost more respect than necessary. This is so without having to factor in the losses of the previous seasons. Without a strong front, there is no respect.

The Mets need to decide whether or not they want this guy and stick with it. Yes there are legal matters. Yes the union will fight it. It is their job to protect the players. So it goes without saying. Yet the Mets still need to show who is in charge here.

We are tired of the Mets saying one thing and doing another. If you say something, you are to be held to what you say you will do. There is no backing down. Try to gain some respect…though that is a very long journey. Good luck with that. Let me know how it goes for ya.

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DyHrdMET

I think at this point, Omar Minaya needs to shut the hell up. Jeff Wilpon is in charge here (and to be fair, this is over the line of being a non-baseball issue). they only can contradict each other. For once, Jeff Wilpon is correct.

not paying Rodriquez for the remainder of this season, and having him not accrue service time, is correct. i actually think there SHOULD be something in the CBA that allows Major League Baseball to make this a universal contract clause and/or rule because of the fact that it’s a legal matter (say if K-Rod was playing pickup basketball, fell, and was injured, it would be a team issue, but if he does something that results in arrest and conviction, the league can step in and act).

as far as next year, once his injury situation gets resolved (i.e. surgery heals and some rehab), the Mets are trying to cover their asses. what if he’s never the same pitcher after the injury? what if he has to serve prison time (another thing that should be an MLB contract/rule without being a team issue)? what if mentally, K-Rod isn’t the same after this, or he doesn’t complete the anger management on time (maybe Tony Bernazard is in the class, so he has to wait for the next one). they shouldn’t be responsible for time he misses NEXT season because it’s all related to the same incident in which he was on the Disqualified List THIS season.

additionally, the Mets could choose later (maybe after evaluating him after his legal/criminal matters are resolved and/or after anger management is completed) that they aren’t satisfied and that they don’t want him, or don’t think he has the right to that gigantic salary, they should have the right to NOT keep him or NOT pay as much money.

in a way, it’s not about the money in the sense that the Mets are being cheap (while it is a place where they could save a big bad contract), but about principle.

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Nilvio

The Mets front office and ownership will never be accused of being smart. But, here is what I think is going on. Let me first say that I agree with dye hard, MLB should have a say (just like NFL does) in off the field conduct. However, player union has way too much power.

Here is what I think is going on…

1. K-rod has an deal in his contract – if he reaches a certain number of appearances and/or saves in the next two season (2010-11), he will get paid 15 million for 2012. Losing 6 weeks of baseball, helps with him not getting this big paid day.

2. Why is that important? It makes him for attractive to sell. There are not a lot of teams willingly to pay a closer 15 million. Most can’t afford that. You’re talking Yankees, Red Soxs, Angels, Dodgers, Cubs.

3. As far as trading him… What value will you get for a guy that you don’t want? Yes, K-rod has issues.. on the field he is a top 5 closer. Trading a top 5 closers should mean getting at least 4 prospects, 2 who are highly thought of as solid or major league ready prospect. So, if all of baseball knows that you don’t want this guy… Well, then what will you get for him? (By the way, this is why Zambrano has not been traded… because teams are offering a class A player).

So, are the mets smart enough to do this? Or are they really just a confused group?

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