Dec 03

K-Rod pleads guilty; what of his Mets’ future?

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez pleaded guilty this morning of assault, a move that spared him jail time but will bring him an additional 52 weeks of anger management classes.

RODRIGUEZ: Pleads guilty; at least one more year

His plea also bought him an additional season with the Mets for $11.5 million. It was the best case scenario for the closer who not only lost his temper but is losing his fastball.

For one more year at least, the Mets will have a closer. He Rodriguez finishes 55 games in 2011, he could stand to make an additional $17.5 million for 2012.

If Rodriguez does not finish 55 games and he fails a physical after the 2011 season, the Mets will have a $3.5 million buyout.

That, along with the books cleared of Oliver Perez and Carlos Beltran, would open up the Mets’ wallet to be big players in the 2011 free-agent market.

Rodriguez is young enough at 28 where he could regain his form, but there are concerns that with his motion and delivery the downhill slide might not be reversible.

All this is very interesting. Will the Mets limit his appearances to stay away from the option kicking in? If they have a competitive team all summer I doubt it, especially if Bobby Parnell doesn’t perform and show he’s capable of assuming the closer role.

Of course, if the Mets don’t shore up their rotation and the bridge to Rodriguez, he won’t have that many save opportunities to begin with.

Oct 01

Burgos on the run after fatal crash

Burgos: In trouble again.

Burgos: In trouble again.

Police in the Dominican Republic are searching for Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos tonight after he fled the scene of a traffic accident that left two women dead. Police said Burgos slammed into the women with a Hummer.

Police Col. Eulogio Taveras said: “The investigation indicates that Burgos was the driver of the [vehicle] that hit the women.”

A relative of Burgos, Edwin Silvestre Sanchez, told police investigators he was the driver.

In a statement the Mets said: “We are extremely disturbed by the reports regarding the player’s potential involvement in the hit-and-run accident that unfortunately killed two women in the Dominican Republic. We take this matter very seriously and have begun an internal investigation to ascertain the
facts. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of the victims.”

Burgos spend the season on the DL following elbow ligament replacement surgery, but hasn’t had an event-free season.

During spring training, he had over $200,000 in jewelery stolen from the team hotel, which raised questions about his judgement for carrying that much jewelery. Also, last month he was arrested in New York on assault and harassment charges after being charged for throwing his girlfriend to the ground.

Prosecutors said Burgos appeared in court entered no plea. He’s due in U.S. court again Oct. 23 and faces up to a year in jail.