Mets, K-Rod Postpone Grievance Hearing

New York Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is escorted by police for his arraignment on assault charges at Queens Criminal Court in New York August 12, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL CRIME LAW IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The Mets and Francisco Rodriguez were scheduled to have a hearing before an arbitrator today but canceled as negotiations are ongoing. I’m sure you recall that K-Rod is accused of beating the crap out his girlfriend’s father at Citi Field.

The Mets unilaterally decided to put K-Rod on the disqualified list for the rest of the 2010 season which allowed them not to pay about $3 million that they owed him. The Mets also unilaterally decided that K-Rod’s contract for 2011 wouldn’t be guaranteed, despite the written agreement they had in place.

Everyone knew the Mets wouldn’t get away with what they were trying to do. It was completely ridiculous. The MLBPA immediately filed a grievance on behalf of K-Rod, as they should have.

If the Mets and the players union are negotiating a settlement, there’s no way that K-Rod’s contract for next year won’t be guaranteed. The MLBPA is the most powerful union in sports. They won’t take this lying down. I’m sure they’ll agree to a relatively small fine for K-Rod. Maybe he won’t get paid for the $3 million for 2010 that he missed. That’s not too big of a deal. It’s less than 10% of his total contract anyway.

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Although I don’t have a degree in journalism, I love writing about the New York Mets. I’m the typical writer without access. My only accessibility to the Mets is sitting in the stands (often the upper tank) and watching on TV like most fans. I’m not a member of the media, just a fan expressing opinions.