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UPDATE: Mets place Francisco Rodriguez on disqualified list

Aug 17, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

UPDATE: According to Adam Rubin of, Players Association executive director Michael Weiner confirms that the player’s union will contest the Mets’ decision.

7:34 PM: The Mets placed Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list, according to Adam Rubin of, making his contract non-guaranteed.

Rodriguez won’t be paid while on the list, which at least reserves them the right to void the contract. Just a short while ago, Craig told us that the Mets won’t attempt to void the contract and from what Jeff Wilpon said during the conference call, it sure sounds like he will be activated once he proves he is recovered from thumb surgery during spring training next season.

In other words, he won’t be paid for the rest of this season (somewhere around $3 million) which is pretty much what we expected. It’s not known if the union will attempt to contest the team’s decision.

I’m no legal expert — that’s Craig’s bag — but I am a Mets fan. It’s only natural to have the knee-jerk reaction that the Mets should attempt to void the entire contract — and I had that fleeting feeling, as well — but they’d almost certainly be pushing their luck. The Mets have also given us little evidence to suggest that they would spend any of the money saved on K-Rod’s contract wisely.  

  1. SDelMonte - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    I think Neyer gets it right: “Considering the ownership in place and ownership’s apparent confidence in the general manager, I expect more of the same in the next two or three years. In which case they might as well keep K-Rod around. It’s not like he’s the only major leaguer with a bad and sometimes violent temper. Not even close.”

  2. Jerzguy - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Maybe he can start a self defense school next to Michael Vick’s dog training school.
    Give him a break everyone. He’s just trying to “keep it real”.

  3. Adenzeno - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Wisely? Mets?/ This morning on XM they were talking about thye draft and how 1st rounders were always power hitters or power pitchers. I wanted to call in and say “Jason Tyner”

  4. john j pileggi - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    This is an unpleasant but needed move. You can not have a guy with a $17.5 million option blow out his hand on something stupid that is non-baseball. Let things settle down and let his rehab and anger management happen. Perhaps there is something salvageable.

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