Former Mets participant receives annual $1.1M payout regardless of retiring in 2001

Saturday marks a notable day for followers of the New York Mets: it is the day that the workforce pays slugger Bobby Bonilla his annual $1.19 million paycheck.

There is a catch, although — Bonilla retired from Main League Baseball in 2001, and final performed for the Mets in 1999.

Regardless of this, the workforce has been giving Bonilla a yearly wage each July 1 for greater than a decade. The payouts started for Bonilla, now 60, in 2011 and can proceed by way of 2035, when he will probably be 72. The deal that gives Bonilla with these checks is commonly cited as one of many worst — if not the worst — sports activities contracts in historical past.

The crux of the deal started in January 2000, when the Mets launched Bonilla however had been nonetheless on the road for his $5.9 million wage that season. The Mets’ house owners had invested vital funds with convicted con artist Bernie Madoff, and believed they had been set to make a big revenue from these strikes. Because of this, as an alternative of paying out the remaining $5.9 million, “Mets possession as an alternative agreed to defer Bonilla’s wage with 8% curiosity, and unfold the funds throughout 25 years from 2011 to 2035,” CBS Information reported. 

Nevertheless, when Madoffs’ $64.8 billion Ponzi scheme was uncovered in 2008, the $5.9 million ballooned to a complete of $29.8 million in again funds starting in 2011. Dividing this by the 25 years from 2011 to 2035 equals the $1.19 annual fee. 

“I actually take into consideration [Bonilla] on Father’s Day, as a result of it is the daddy of all deferred contracts.” Bonilla’s former agent Dennis Gilbert instructed USA Right now.

Whereas this example might be essentially the most uncommon, there have been different instances of deferred payouts in baseball. Manny Ramirez, who retired in 2011, “Will gather $24.2 million whole from the Purple Sox by way of 2026,” ESPN famous.