The MLB players union has filed a grievance against the Mets for putting Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list without pay.
The association is "confident" it eventually will recoup every bit of the money the Mets are withholding from Rodriguez. He is due about $3 million for the rest of this season, $11.5 million for 2011 and has a vesting option for $17.5 million with a $3.5-million buyout for 2012.
According to The Associated Press:
“By converting his contract to non-guaranteed, the Mets gave themselves the ability to release Rodriguez in the early part of spring training next year for 30 days’ termination pay. That would mean paying $1,885,246 rather than his $11.5 million salary next year. They still likely would owe the $3.5 million buyout attached to the $17.5 million club option for 2012 that’s included in his deal.”
This will not be easy for the Mets. The players union often salvages salaries in such situations, but there has not been a player in recent history to get into a mess as severe as the one made by K-Rod. The matter ultimately will be decided by baseball's arbitrator unless a settlement is reached.