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(NYPost)   The highest paid outfielder in the Mets clubhouse this spring is Bobby Bonilla, who last played baseball in 2001. And don't start me on Jason Bay, who the Mets are paying $18M to play for Seattle   (nypost.com) divider line 89
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2013-02-22 09:30:59 AM  
Too bad the Mets couldn't get Bay to play for someone in their division - it'd be money well spent.
 
2013-02-22 10:05:28 AM  
Oh, we are going to suck this year, no doubt. But I'm going to go to one of The 7 Line's fan outings this year and that ought to be a great time.
 
2013-02-22 10:18:52 AM  
He once threw a ball into the ground in front of him when trying to get it to the infield.  Normally, I'd expect the Orioles to pick him up.
 
2013-02-22 11:03:26 AM  
Wait... 2035? For some reason, I thought that the deferred payouts were done around 2020. Geez, Bobby Bo really does have the greatest agent on earth.
 
2013-02-22 11:05:12 AM  
Whom
 
2013-02-22 11:06:59 AM  
There is only one thing that can stop the Mets from finishing in the cellar this year. Miami.
 
2013-02-22 11:10:28 AM  
Hey Mets, I'd be happy to take a smaller portion of money and not to play for you. TOTAL. BARGAIN.
 
2013-02-22 11:10:36 AM  
meet the mets meet the mets come on out and greet the mets
 
2013-02-22 11:14:07 AM  
I think the dbacks are paying Bernard gilkey thru something like 2020 for the 2001 world series run. Lots of those dbacks are on that payroll still and all but one are out of baseball. I think bacjup Catcher damian miller is still playing

Possibly craig counsell too.
 
2013-02-22 11:14:26 AM  
As a Pirates fan, I don't know if I like this headline or not.
 
2013-02-22 11:19:50 AM  
My Entire Team Sucks
 
2013-02-22 11:21:05 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Oh, we are going to suck this year, no doubt. But I'm going to go to one of The 7 Line's fan outings this year and that ought to be a great time.


Actually, I think the Mets will surprise a lot of people.  The rotation should be deep if not great, the offense won't be much worse than league average, and the bullpen should be improved.

Of course, I mean surprise a lot of people by winning 75 games, but that's not THAT bad.

/Marlins are going to win one more game than they did last year.
 
2013-02-22 11:25:20 AM  

Wadded Beef: Hey Mets, I'd be happy to take a smaller portion of money and not to play for you. TOTAL. BARGAIN.


Hell, I'll take a million dollars a year until 2035 and ruin the Yankees roster if the Mets will take the deal. I'll swing at every single pitch, no matter how far outside for that money.
 
2013-02-22 11:26:35 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Wadded Beef: Hey Mets, I'd be happy to take a smaller portion of money and not to play for you. TOTAL. BARGAIN.

Hell, I'll take a million dollars a year until 2035 and ruin the Yankees roster if the Mets will take the deal. I'll swing at every single pitch, no matter how far outside for that money.


Francoeur, you were already a Met
 
2013-02-22 11:26:39 AM  

rickythepenguin: I think the dbacks are paying Bernard gilkey thru something like 2020 for the 2001 world series run. Lots of those dbacks are on that payroll still and all but one are out of baseball. I think bacjup Catcher damian miller is still playing

Possibly craig counsell too.


Actually, they finished paying everyone else but Gilkey last year.
 
2013-02-22 11:27:59 AM  

Gunderson: My Entire Team Sucks


+1 for originality.  Damn my sides hurt.
 
2013-02-22 11:30:11 AM  

rickythepenguin: I think the dbacks are paying Bernard gilkey thru something like 2020 for the 2001 world series run. Lots of those dbacks are on that payroll still and all but one are out of baseball. I think bacjup Catcher damian miller is still playing

Possibly craig counsell too.


Haha, both of them retired as Brewers.  Craig is actually working in the Brewers front office.
 
2013-02-22 11:32:54 AM  

The Smails Kid: Whom


Nope.
 
2013-02-22 11:47:24 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: As a Pirates fan, I don't know if I like this headline or not.


I'm with you.  That season when we had pre-steroids Bonds and Bonilla as the "Killer B's", when Leyland was our manager, where we were one out away from the World Series ... I have a lot of fondness for that season.  It was fun to be a Pirates fan.
 
2013-02-22 11:52:07 AM  
When it comes to efficieny, this club must be the worst in managing its money. You think they would have a lot more of it being in New York and all...
 
2013-02-22 11:52:45 AM  

kdawg7736: When it comes to efficieny, this club must be the worst in managing its money. You think they would have a lot more of it being in New York and all...


I meant efficiency.
 
2013-02-22 11:53:48 AM  

peachpicker: The Smails Kid: Whom

Nope.


"Who" = "Jason Bay" = the subject of the sentence = grammar nazi fail
 
2013-02-22 11:55:00 AM  

Wellon Dowd: There is only one thing that can stop the Mets from finishing in the cellar this year. Miami.


I dunno... The marlins have a nothing team with a bunch of young players...what's the timeline for them to suddenly do something crazy and make a World Series run?

Perhaps they are still a year away
 
2013-02-22 12:07:40 PM  
For this year I'm ok with it. I'd be pleasantly shocked if they win more than 75 games. It's a rebuild, it happens.
 
2013-02-22 12:12:33 PM  

Monual: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: As a Pirates fan, I don't know if I like this headline or not.

I'm with you.  That season when we had pre-steroids Bonds and Bonilla as the "Killer B's", when Leyland was our manager, where we were one out away from the World Series ... I have a lot of fondness for that season.  It was fun to be a Pirates fan.


sidbream.jpg
 
2013-02-22 12:20:43 PM  

OK, most people who care about the Mets long since have come to terms with the fact that one of the forever reminders of the Madoff Scandal will be the deferred package the Wilpons gave Bonilla, one that will allow him to collect that lovely annuity of $1,193,248.20 this year and every year from now until 2035.


Another 22 years? That's gotta be a misprint - *Googles* -

Jeebus, the Mets are gonna suck forever. Wilpon must have made tons from Madoff
 
2013-02-22 12:22:18 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: peachpicker: The Smails Kid: Whom

Nope.

"Who" = "Jason Bay" = the subject of the sentence = grammar nazi fail


Hah, I was thinking it was directed to the Bonilla sentence, where it wouldn't be correct. Overlooked the Bay sentence. That's on me :^)
 
2013-02-22 12:23:14 PM  
This reminds me that I need to become friends with Bonilla's agent. I don't even need millions - I'd be happy to accept $30-40K/year for 35 years starting now.
 
2013-02-22 12:29:26 PM  

FreakinB: For this year I'm ok with it. I'd be pleasantly shocked if they win more than 75 games. It's a rebuild, it happens.


Baseball Prospectus has us at 80.6 wins.  Somehow.
 
2013-02-22 12:41:46 PM  

Dafatone: FreakinB: For this year I'm ok with it. I'd be pleasantly shocked if they win more than 75 games. It's a rebuild, it happens.

Baseball Prospectus has us at 80.6 wins.  Somehow.


Inadvisably?
 
2013-02-22 12:44:54 PM  

roc6783: rickythepenguin: I think the dbacks are paying Bernard gilkey thru something like 2020 for the 2001 world series run. Lots of those dbacks are on that payroll still and all but one are out of baseball. I think bacjup Catcher damian miller is still playing

Possibly craig counsell too.

Haha, both of them retired as Brewers.  Craig is actually working in the Brewers front office.


I saw counsell at my gym about 2 yrs ago, juuuuuust before spring training. Dudes calves were MASSIVE. Popeye calves.
 
2013-02-22 12:46:38 PM  
Didn't he void his Mets contract, which is why we're paying him a million bucks to suck slightly less than Peguero?
 
2013-02-22 12:47:30 PM  

Dafatone: FreakinB: For this year I'm ok with it. I'd be pleasantly shocked if they win more than 75 games. It's a rebuild, it happens.

Baseball Prospectus has us at 80.6 wins.  Somehow.


Seriously? I mean, I'd love it if that happened. But I doubt it will.
 
2013-02-22 12:49:20 PM  

FreakinB: Baseball Prospectus has us at 80.6 wins. Somehow.

Seriously? I mean, I'd love it if that happened. But I doubt it will.


Actually, I would fully expect the Mets to somehow end up with a fraction of a win somewhere.
 
2013-02-22 12:57:27 PM  

Monual: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: As a Pirates fan, I don't know if I like this headline or not.

I'm with you.  That season when we had pre-steroids Bonds and Bonilla as the "Killer B's", when Leyland was our manager, where we were one out away from the World Series ... I have a lot of fondness for that season.  It was fun to be a Pirates fan.


Drabek on the mound, Spanky behind the plate, Steve Buchelle being a human vacuum at the corner. Good times, good times...

/godammitsomuch
 
2013-02-22 01:01:17 PM  

bulldg4life: Wellon Dowd: There is only one thing that can stop the Mets from finishing in the cellar this year. Miami.

I dunno... The marlins have a nothing team with a bunch of young players...what's the timeline for them to suddenly do something crazy and make a World Series run?

Perhaps they are still a year away


Probably the same as the timeline on Charlie Sheen being elected as the new pope.
 
2013-02-22 01:01:23 PM  

Joe_diGriz: Wait... 2035? For some reason, I thought that the deferred payouts were done around 2020. Geez, Bobby Bo really does have the greatest agent on earth.


Bonilla would have made more money by having the original cash upfront and investing it.
 
2013-02-22 01:14:40 PM  

Larry Mahnken: Bonilla would have made more money by having the original cash upfront and investing it.


Caus if there's one thing professional athletes are known for, it's their stellar use of funds and propensity to plan ahead for the future.
 
2013-02-22 01:14:59 PM  

Larry Mahnken: Joe_diGriz: Wait... 2035? For some reason, I thought that the deferred payouts were done around 2020. Geez, Bobby Bo really does have the greatest agent on earth.

Bonilla would have made more money by having the original cash upfront and investing it.


Maybe, but more than likely not.  The beauty of this deal is that theMets deferred the $5.9 million that he was owed, but guaranteed a return on that money of 8% for 10 years.  That money was entirely insulated from any negative market fluctuations, including the 2008 crash.  Once that matured in 2011 (to about $13 million), it then became an annuity that would draw down in 25 yearly payments, but would still earn 8% interest.  It was a genius way to insulate himself from market forces for 36 years, and still maintain an 8% return on his money.  TheMets assumed all of the risk in this deal, and now are on the hook till 2035.
Additionally, it gave Bobby time to adjust his personal spending, and we know athletes are horrible at that.  He did not have access to the original $5.9 million, so he couldn't buy a house or a boat or anything stupid with it.
 
2013-02-22 01:27:56 PM  
"Make your move..."
 
2013-02-22 01:29:13 PM  

rickythepenguin: roc6783: rickythepenguin: ***snip***

I saw counsell at my gym about 2 yrs ago, juuuuuust before spring training. Dudes calves were MASSIVE. Popeye calves.


While I am not as attached to him as I assume Marlins or D-Backs fans are, I am a fan of his as a player and the fact that I went to the same HS.  My wife was a nanny for kids that went to the same preschool that his kids went to, and she frequently saw him picking them up.  According to her, few people would stop him, but he was always gracious about it, and he seemed genuinely happy to be getting his kids, which I understand is a pretty low expectation, but it's still nice to hear.
 
2013-02-22 01:34:20 PM  

Monual: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: As a Pirates fan, I don't know if I like this headline or not.

I'm with you.  That season when we had pre-steroids Bonds and Bonilla as the "Killer B's", when Leyland was our manager, where we were one out away from the World Series ... I have a lot of fondness for that season.  It was fun to be a Pirates fan.


Francisco Farkin' Cabrera.
 
2013-02-22 01:44:07 PM  
Would Bobby get a ring if the Mets won the World Series? I know it wont happen again but seriously wondering
 
2013-02-22 01:50:24 PM  
Pro tip: When you build a new stadium, build a bandbox, not a pitchers stadium, lest you be stuck with a stadium no free agent hitters will choose for their home field like the Mets, Mariners, and Padres.
 
2013-02-22 01:57:45 PM  

The Smails Kid: Whom


What?
 
2013-02-22 02:00:03 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: peachpicker: The Smails Kid: Whom

Nope.

"Who" = "Jason Bay" = the subject of the sentence = grammar nazi fail


Yep.
 
2013-02-22 02:02:10 PM  
Bonilla is the reason Albert Pujols made the Cards 25-man in 2001. If he hadn't gotten hurt late in Spring Training, AP would've started the year in the minors, and most likely wouldn't have won ROY, or had the kind of start that he had to his career. Despite the fact that Pujols isn't in St. Louis anymore, Cardinals fans(and baseball fans, in general) owe Bobby Bonilla a great big thank you.
 
2013-02-22 02:05:36 PM  

Joe_diGriz: FreakinB: Baseball Prospectus has us at 80.6 wins. Somehow.

Seriously? I mean, I'd love it if that happened. But I doubt it will.

Actually, I would fully expect the Mets to somehow end up with a fraction of a win somewhere.


Ha.  I do think this team will surprise people... on their way to 75 wins.  I feel better about the future than I did last year, but that's the future.
 
2013-02-22 02:09:24 PM  
Move over Derek Sanderson.
 
2013-02-22 02:24:09 PM  

Dafatone: Ha.  I do think this team will surprise people... on their way to 75 wins.  I feel better about the future than I did last year, but that's the future.


If Harvey can get a better feel for his changeup and not get hurt, he's gonna be filthy.

So umm ... that and David Wright churning out another 20 homer, .300 average, 95-100 RBI year is all you poor Mets fans have.

/Well, Ike Davis might hit too
 
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