The 2011 season will signal the return of 47-year-old Bobby Bonilla to the Mets' bottom line. Write him under the financial lineup with red ink.
One of the leftover matters from the Steve Phillips era resurfaces as the Mets begin to pay back on a debt incurred to Bonilla In 2000.
The Mets owed Bonilla $5.9 million for the final year of his contract, but deferred that amount (with an interest rate of 8 percent) until this year. The result? Bonilla is now owed $29,831,205 until the year 2035. He'll pocket it on an annual basis so it relieves his tax burden.
Bonilla signed a five-year, $29 million contract with the Mets in 1991, but the money stilled owed him resulted from his second tenure, when he was reacquired from the Dodgers with the remains of a $23.3 million deal.
Here is what the Mets got for their money:
Games Avg HR RBI
1992 128 .249 19 70
1993 139 .265 34 87
1994 108 .290 20 67
1995 80 .325 18 53
1999 60 .160 4 18