Saturday, September 18, 2010
Feliciano: Mets should pay K-Rod
By Ian Begley
The Major League Baseball Player's Association and the Mets will likely battle sometime next month over whether the Mets have to pay Francisco Rodriguez the portion of his 2010 salary that remains after his season-ending thumb injury.
If it were up to fellow reliever Pedro Feliciano, K-Rod would get paid.
The Mets placed Rodriguez on the disqualified list after he suffered a season-ending thumb injury that the Mets say occurred during an altercation with his girlfriend's father at Citi Field. The Mets are withholding the final $3,016,393 of his $11.5 million salary this year.
Feliciano told ESPNNewYork.com that he thinks the Mets should have to pay Rodriguez because the injury was non-baseball related, even though it occurred at the Mets' home park right after a game.
"I don’t think so," he said when asked if the Mets should be allowed to withhold K-Rod's salary. "That was something that was outside of baseball. What happened was family issues. I think he should be back next year and have it be a regular year."
Jose Reyes has contacted K-Rod through text message but other players said they have neither heard from nor reached out to the closer.
"It’s one of those times where you want to leave him alone a little bit," Oliver Perez said.
Rodriguez will be arrested and re-arraigned on charges of criminal contempt before his next court appearance, which is scheduled for Oct. 7. Prosecutors allege that he texted his girlfriend, violating a court-order of protection.
Rodriguez faces third-degree assault and harassment charges for the alleged assault of Carlos Pena, the father of his girlfriend, Daian Pena.