Let’s hope the Mets’ front office shows more fight, more spunk and aggressiveness in dealing with Francisco Rodriguez’s contract than it did in addressing their myriad of holes in the offseason.
Since this one is about saving money, bet on it.
In a punkish rage, Rodriguez hit the 53-year-old father of his girlfriend and tore a ligament in his throwing hand, and consequently will be lost for the season.
No matter the igniting words, Rodriguez was out of control did not act like a professional, but a thug. With a history of confrontations on the back of his personal baseball card, Rodriguez had know his behavior was under examination.
When Rodriguez left the clubhouse for the Family Lounge in search of his father-in-law, he was thinking of his own feelings and not his teammates or the ramifications of his actions.
Because of that, he put himself in the position where he could not physically live up the obligations of his contract and be ready to pitch.
The Mets need to hammer that point home, along with the message there is accountability and standards in this organization.
There will be a fight from the Players Association, but so be it. The Mets should go in this knowing it could get messy, but also knowing they are doing the right thing.
If Rodriguez were hurt in a game, not be able to pitch again, he’d get every dime even though he couldn’t perform.
But, Rodriguez was hurt committing assault; he was hurt breaking the law.
Rodriguez is to make $11.5 million this year and next, and has a $17.5 million vesting option with a $3.5 million buyout. The option kicks in if he finishes 100 combined games in 2010 and 2011, or 55 games in 2011.
But, these are the Mets and nothing is ever that season. Complicating matters is that Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 inning Saturday without apparent difficulty.
The Mets are saying Rodriguez was injured in the fight, but there are no reports of him getting treatment from the time of the incident to when he pitched.