The New York Mets are considering ways the team could void the contract of Francisco Jose Rodriguez Sr., nicknamed “Frankie” or “K-Rod,” after Rodriguez injured himself allegedly during a fight with the father of his girlfriend. During the alleged fight, he reportedly tore ligaments in his thumb. Police have charged Rodriguez with assault.
The Mets could save $17 million or more if Rodriguez’s contract can be voided, according to SI.com. Rodriguez is under a three-year contract for $37 million. His salary breaks down to $11.5 million for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he has a vesting option of $17.5 million, with a $3.5 million buyout.
The player’s union is involved in the case, reportedly influencing the Mets enough that the team could only suspend Rodriguez for two games.
“K-Rod,” who hails from Venezuela, is currently the closer for the Mets. Before joining the Mets, he played with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2002-2008. He was their closer starting in 2005 and holds the major league record for saves in one season, with 62, which he set in 2008.
Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons. Francisco Rodríguez.