Friday, February 22, 2013
Happy 50th, Bobby Bo!
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Information
With Bobby Bonilla turning 50 on Saturday, perhaps it’s a good time to revisit his unique contract situation.
In July 2011, the Mets paid the first of 25 annual payments to Bonilla: $1,193,248.20.
In other words, Bonilla will get that amount each year until 2035, when he is 72. That’s how old Joe Torre is right now.
Could Jordan still play at 50?
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Bonilla doesn’t need to.
Side note: Bonilla was born in the Bronx six days after Jordan was born in Brooklyn.
In case you need a refresher, here’s the explanation from ESPN The Magazine last year.
• There are only nine players on the Mets who will earn more than Bonilla this season.
• He’s still owed just over $27.4M. Only David Wright and Johan Santana are owed more by the Mets.
• That $27.4M is likely far more than the Astros’ roster will earn this season (currently under $10M in guaranteed deals with the final number expected to be around $20M by Opening Day).
• Only three Astros will make more than Bonilla this season: Bud Norris, Carlos Pena, Jose Veras.