Francisco Rodriguez, Mets Reach Settlement In Contract Grievance

A resolution! After a long and unpleasant process, Francisco Rodriguez and the Mets have arrived at an agreement regarding his salary. You'll recall that the Mets placed Rodriguez on the disqualified list after he injured his hand throwing a punch, a time during which he was not paid. The Mets then attempted to convert Rodriguez's $11.5 million 2011 contract to a non-guaranteed deal that would allow the Mets to get out of it if they chose.

Rodriguez contested these efforts with a grievance, and today there's a settlement. Rodriguez will forfeit the $3.1 million he lost during his time on the disqualified list. However, his 2011 contract remains in place as guaranteed. The only way for the Mets to get out from under that burden now is by pulling off a trade, but it's difficult to imagine that anyone would find Rodriguez very desirable.

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