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Mets, Francisco Rodriguez Settle Contract Issue

The New York Mets and Francisco Rodriguez have settled their contract squabble resulting from the pitcher’s fight with his girlfriend’s father that resulted in him suffering injuries that caused him to miss the remainder of the season.

Francisco Rodriguez still must close out his legal problems, but he and the Mets have reached a settlement over his contractual grievance stemming from injuries suffered during the Aug. 11 incident in which he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend’s father.

K-Rod has instructed the MLB Players Association not to challenge the Mets’ decision to withhold his remaining $3.1 million in salary after it was learned that he tore ligaments in his right thumb during the fight with his children’s grandfather, Carlos Pena, in and outside the family room following the Mets’ Aug. 11 game at Citi Field.

In exchange for that concession, the Mets have agreed they no longer will seek to convert the former All-Star’s contract to non-guaranteed. That means K-Rod will retain his $11.5 million salary for next season, as well as $17.5 million vesting option for 2012 if he finishes at least 55 games.

Frankly, at first glance it seems like Rodriguez is easily getting the better end of this deal. He still gets his full salary next season, no matter what