One year from today, the Mets will add to their payroll a
47-year-old, past-his-prime power hitter who has a reputation as a
malcontent — a player who has been retired from professional
baseball for nine years and won’t play another game again.
Nevertheless, starting on July 1, 2011, Bobby Bonilla will remain
on the franchise’s payroll for 25 years, collecting an annual
salary of $1,193,248.20. Those are the terms the Mets agreed to
Jan. 3, 2000, when they bought out the final year of Mr. Bonilla’s
“That beautiful thing,” he said here Monday.
Nice work if you can get it.