1) Worst Mets Contracts – Bobby Bonilla (1991, five years, $29 million)
You all knew this was coming, yet here you are anyways. At first, Bonilla’s stats were not his biggest issue. He wasn’t great, he also wasn’t terrible, but definitely was not worth that much money.
Most of his issues being off the field, having complained about a charged error, as well as threatening journalists, etc. Even with saying this his first contract with the Mets was atrocious, making the second straight-up inept.
When Bonilla was re-signed in 1999 fans weren’t thrilled, to say the least. He went on to hit a .160 batting average in 1999 while causing issue after issue being a grossly overpaid bench warmer. Leading up to the infamous card game with Rickey Henderson during the 1999 NLCS both Mets fans and personnel were fed up, to say the least.
This led the Mets to cut their losses on the field and decided to waive his salary paying him about $1.1 million a year until 2035 giving us Mets fans another 15 years to celebrate Bobby Bonilla Day.
While I am painfully aware that there are many, many more awful contracts the New York Mets have signed, I tried to keep it limited to contracts that were predictably bad.
This team has been plagued with unpredictability in terms of injuries and players that came to the team great and never lived up to the hype despite their previous performance. Now all I’m hoping for is Yoenis Cespedes to maybe become a little less likely to make this list when his contract ends in 2021.
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