K-Rod, Mets resolve grievance

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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets and relief ace Francisco Rodriguez have reached an agreement on the right-hander's grievance following his placement on the disqualified list in the wake of his August injury that occurred in an incident with his girlfriend's father.

The Mets placed Rodriguez on the disqualified list on August 17, the same day that he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He suffered the injury on August 11 after an altercation with his girlfriend's father following a game at Citi Field.

In the resolution announced Tuesday, Rodriguez has instructed the players association not to challenge the team's decision to withhold his salary after he was injured. In turn, the Mets agreed that they would not seek to have the pitcher's contract converted to non-guaranteed status and will remove him from the disqualified list.

Rodriguez will forfeit about $3.1 million of his 2010 salary as the result of the agreement.

"We are pleased that Frankie Rodriguez has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon in a statement. "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."

Rodriguez is expected to be ready for spring training. He issued an apology through the MLBPA.

"As I have expressed in the past, I deeply regret the incident that occurred on August 11, 2010," Rodriguez said in the statement. "I sincerely apologize to [Mets owners] Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz, Mets fans, my teammates, and the entire Mets organization. I have worked hard since the incident to make myself a better person and member of this organization. I have been participating in an anger management program since August, and I will continue in the program for the foreseeable future. I feel that anger management counseling is undoubtedly making me a better person and a better father, and will make me a better teammate and member of this great organization."

In the August 11 incident, Rodriguez allegedly hit Carlos Pena and was then taken into custody by police. He was released a day later without bail and the Mets subsequently issued a two-game suspension before the surgical procedure that led to the further actions.

"I am responsible for my injury that occurred as a result of this incident, and prevented me from finishing the season with the Mets," Rodriguez added. "As a result, I have instructed the Major League Baseball Players Association not to pursue the issue raised in the grievance regarding payment of my salary during the time that I was injured. Personally, in this situation, I do not feel that it is right for me to take a salary for the period of time in which I could not contribute as a player as a result of my off-field actions. In addition, I am directing each of my $100,000 annual charitable contributions to New York metropolitan area charities that further the purposes of the New York Mets Foundation.

"I appreciate the faith and support that this organization has shown me throughout this matter. I look forward to being a part of the 2011 Mets and hopefully beyond. I want to put these issues behind me, and behind this organization and its fans. I have instructed my attorneys to work toward amicably resolving the other legal matters resulting from this incident. I want my focus to be on my family, my team and being the best closer in baseball in 2011."

Rodriguez, in his second season with the Mets, was 4-2 with a 2.20 earned run average and 25 saves in 53 games. He set a big league record with 62 saves in 2008 as an Angel and signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Mets before the 2009 campaign.


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