New York Mets
Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has a court date scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Queens Criminal Court.
Rodriguez's defense attorney, Christopher Booth, had indicated at last month's hearing that a plea bargain likely could be in place by this scheduled courthouse visit.
Rodriguez already has settled his grievance with the Mets. He forgoed the $3.1 million the Mets withheld in 2010 pay and was reinstated from the disqualified list.
The closer is due $11.5 million next season, in the final guaranteed year of his contract. The contract will vest for 2012 if he finishes 55 games. Otherwise, he is entitled to a $3.5 million buyout -- essentially making his 2011 salary $15 million.