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.