The Mets went into this offseason with a list of issues that they needed to address. However, they came out of the winter with only outfielder Jason Bay and a bunch of spare parts.
Why didn’t they add to their payroll?
They said it was because they liked the rotation they had and must have been confident enough in the lineup, too. Well it turns out that they already had another big contract all ready lined up to go on the books—Bobby Bonilla .
Here’s how this story goes. The Mets signed Bonilla in 1992 and he quickly became the face of one of the worst teams in the history of the organization. They traded him away after 1995. The problem was, the Mets organization seems to have had a short memory because they traded for Bonilla again before the 1999 season.
Of course, the Mets had problems that season and Bonilla was once again part of the losing culture. The Mets made it as far as the NLCS, but as they were losing game six against the Braves in the 11th inning, Bonilla was with Rickey Henderson playing cards in the clubhouse.
Infuriated, the Mets looked to cut ties with the slugger once again. The catch is that they were still on the hook for $5.9 million of his salary that they didn’t want to pay.
So according to Ethan Trex of CNN.com , the Mets and Bonilla’s agent reached an agreement that pays out $1.193 million per season from 2011 until 2035. Or about $28.632 million over 24 years.
So essentially what this boils down to is that about 10 years ago the Mets didn’t feel like paying Bonilla $6 million so they are going to pay him almost $30 million instead.