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Mets' release on K-Rod grievance settlement

Here's the Mets' official release from today on the grievance settlement with Francisco Rodriguez:

The New York Mets today announced that the grievance filed by Francisco Rodriguez has been resolved. 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.

Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said: “We are pleased that Frankie Rodriguez has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences. 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 August 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.

In light of the ongoing criminal process involving the August 11th incident, the Mets will have no further comment.


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