'Bo' on payroll, Piazza, Mets songwriter dies


Bobby Bonilla, who deferred compensation from his playing days, is due to return to the Mets' payroll today.

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Bobby Bonilla is back on the Mets' payroll, at $1.19 million annnually for 25 years.

He reportedly is owed annual payments of $1,193,248.20 for 25 years. Bonilla was owed $5.9 million at the time, but the Mets liked deferring the payments with an 8 percent interest rate because they were exceeding that return with their investments with Bernard Madoff.

Mike Piazza will manage the U.S. team in the July 10 Futures Game for top prospects at Chase Field in Phoenix, two days before the All-Star game. 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey will be on Piazza’s squad. St. Lucie third baseman Jefry Marte will play for the World team, which will be managed by Luis Gonzalez.

• Songwriter Ruth Roberts, who authored “Meet the Mets,” passed away on Friday morning at age 84 from lung cancer, the team announced.

• The Mets had a solid June, going 16-11. Yet that only ranked fourth in the division. Three of the top five major league records in June were posted by NL East teams: Atlanta (17-9), Philadelphia (17-10) and Washington (17-10). The Florida Marlins were an MLB-worst 5-23.

• A plugged-in source said that although David Einhorn's purchase of a minority share was not completed by the end of June, as had been intended, no disruptions are expected. The source also refuted a recent magazine report that Einhorn's cost to up his share from 33% to roughly 60% in three to five years is $1. There's a real cost involved. Fred Wilpon and family can block it by returning Einhorn's $200 million and allowing him to retain a sixth of the team.

Jose Reyes' .385 average in June trailed only Adrian Gonzalez's .404 among major league players.