Rodriguez, Mets resolve grievance

A grievance filed by Francisco Rodriguez has been resolved, the New
York Mets announced today.

Rodriguez has instructed the Major League Baseball Players Association
not to challenge the team’s decision to withhold his salary for the
remainder of the 2010 season. In return, the Mets have agreed they
will not seek to convert Rodriguez’s contract to a non-guaranteed
contract, and will remove him from the Disqualified List.

Rodriguez will forego approximately $3.1 million of 2010 salary as a
result of this agreement.

“We are pleased that Frankie Rodriguez has accepted responsibility for
his actions and their consequences,” Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff
Wilpon said in a statment. “We have been assured that he is taking
steps to address the issues that led to the incident, and that those
efforts will continue. We have also been assured that he will work
hard both on and off the field to regain the trust of the
organization, Mets fans and the community.”

The Mets on Aug. 17 placed Rodriguez on the Disqualified List
following the season-ending injury to the thumb on his right pitching
hand. The injury was a result of an altercation following the Mets
August 11 game at Citi Field.

Rodriguez underwent successful surgery to repair the torn ligament and
is expected to fully recover and be ready for Spring Training, the
team said in a statement.

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