Francisco Rodriguez has made plans to play winter ball

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Francisco Rodriguez was placed on the restricted list in mid-August after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father inside the walls of Citi Field.  He did not throw another pitch and was not paid over the last month-plus of the regular season.

Hey may never pitching again for the Mets, but, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, K-Rod plans to get back to live baseball in early November.

The 28-year-old is close to being recovered from the torn right thumb ligament that he suffered in the alleged assault and has made plans to participate in the Venezuelan Winter League.  Rodriguez turned in a 2.20 ERA, 67/21 K/BB ratio and 1.15 WHIP over 57.1 innings this season while converting 25 of 30 saves.  He still has the goods and is likely to find another gig if the Mets want to cut ties completely.

Rodriguez and the Mets are close to agreeing on a settlement for the remaining $11.5 million on K-Rod’s current deal.  He also has a $17.5 million vesting option for 2012 that will factor into the final number.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.