Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez finally addressed his third-degree assault and second-degree harassment charges on Saturday at Citi Field. He made a one-minute statement and did not take questions. Here’s the transcript of that statement, via ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin:
“First of all, I’m extremely sorry,” Rodriguez said. “I want to
apologize to [owners] Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Mr. [Saul] Katz for
the incident that happened Wednesday night. I want to apologize also to
the Mets fans, to my teammates. I want to apologize, of course, to the
front office for the embarrassing moment that I caused. I’m looking
forward to being a better person.
“Right now the plan is I’m going
to be going to [an] anger management program. And I cannot be speak no
farther about the legal stuff that we’re going through right now. I want
to apologize. Sorry.”
Was it enough? Probably not. But there’s no easy way to make up for his hideous and violent actions. The anger management counseling should at least help him internally.
If you’re into the gossipy side of this story, the New York Post is reporting (with pictures!) that K-Rod has moved out of the Long Island home that he shared with his girlfriend. It’s safe to say that relationship just took a major hit.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.
The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.
Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.