July 1st is widely recognized by Mets fans asBobby Bonilla Day. The celebration will continue until 2035 as a 59-year-old child collects checks from the team for $ 1,193,248.20 each. This year's time.
Bonilla's infamous contracts are often considered the worst sports contracts in history, but contracts that don't seem to end are in good shape. This shows the 10 most vicious contracts ever made in sports.
New York Mets, $ 1.2 million a year until 2035
Despite quitting baseball in 2003 and not wearing the Mets uniform since the 1999 season, Bonilla closed nearly $ 1.2 million in his mailbox on July 1st. You can expect late payments. .. The deal, in which Bonilla is paid annually from 2011 to 2035, came before the 2000 season when Mets released him and turned the remaining $ 5.9 million he had to pay to $ 29.8 million.
If Bonilla returns to the field, he will soon be the 20th highest paid player in Mets' active roster salary, according toSpotrac
. Will be ranked in. Miguel Cabrera
Detroit Tigers, $ 248 million for eight years (until 2023)
The Tigers signed a long-term contract with star first baseman in 2016, following his ten-year domination. Cabrera created a season of MVPs in 2012 and 2013, with 11 All-Star appearances and a career with an average batting average of .310. However, his play at the age of 39 declined shortly after his big payday.
Cabrera hit only 16 home runs in 529 at-bats the year after signing the deal, and then missed much of the 2018 season due to hamstring and biceps injuries. did. Cabrera hasn't responded to his monumental contract in recent years, but in 2022 he hit an average batting average of .300, 3,000th hit earlier this season.
Washington Wizards, $ 111 million for 6 years
Wizards expected immediate production from Arenas when he signed him in 2008 with a tone of $ 111 million. .. He was later suspended indefinitely for bringing firearms to the Wizards locker room.
The arena is not shy when discussing his abominable contract and recognizes that it could be one of the worst deals in NBA history. Wizards put an agreement behind them after paying the arena a final check in 2017, seven years after he last played.
New York Knicks, $ 72 million for 4 years
The Knicks apparently didn't receive any notes from their New York neighbors and signed a $ 72 million deal with Noah on Bobby Bonilla Day 2016. The star, the coveted free agent, had already declined after missing 53 games last season due to a shoulder injury.
Noah has played in just 53 Knicks games due to various injuries and 20 suspensions due to violations of the NBA's drug ban policy. Big Man was finally released by the team in 2018 and the remaining warranty on his contract was extended to three years.
Los Angeles Angels, 10 years, $ 240 million
Pujols joined the Angels in 2011 after dominating the league for 11 years. Before winning his $ 240 million contract, first baseman accumulated 455 home runs, achieving a huge .328 career batting average and a .420 on-base percentage.
The angels knew they were taking risks by signing a 10-year contract with Pujols, who entered the 32-year-old season. The risk wasn't rewarded – Pujols's on-base percentage plummeted, but his strikeout soared. He is currently in the midst of a pleasant reunion season with the team that starred before signing the Angels, St. Louis Cardinals.
New York Yankees, $ 153 million for 7 years
The Yankees robbed rival Boston Red Sox of Ellsbury in 2014, but eventually regret the move.
When Ellsbury was able to stay in the diamond, the 38-year-old had a great deal of trouble reflecting the work he displayed in his dominant final season with the Red Sox. After resolving thecontract disputewith the sick veteran, the Yankees can kiss the failed signature goodbye.
New Jersey Devils, 15 years, $ 100 million
Devil's wanted to see Kovalchuk play for a long time in New Jersey. In fact, the organization wanted to detain Kowarchuk for a longer period of time and offered him a 17-year contract that was immediately rejected by the NHL.
However, Kowalchuk's time in New Jersey was short-lived. Hockey pros left NHL in 2013 and chose to play for KHL in Russia before returning to the Los Angeles Kings in 2018. His former team, Devil's, was fined $ 3 million after trying to circumvent the NHL contract rules and was forced to confiscate his draft topic.
Baltimore Orioles, $ 161 million for 7 years
Davis wins a seven-year contract with the Orioles after exhibiting his powerful bat in several powerful seasons with the organization. did. From 2012 to 2015, the star's first baseman will run 159 home runs alongside .256 batting average and .876 OPS.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, everything disappeared after his massive signature. His 36-year-old tenure in Baltimore was hurt by strikeouts, slumps, and an unlikely 54-0 stretch. The veteran did not allow his contract to terminate properly and retired from MLB a year before the climax in 2022.
New York Islanders, $ 1.5 million annually until 2029
DiPietro is the Islanders, a deal that looked great during its early days. In the first two seasons of playing under his new contract, the goalkeeper recorded a .911 save rate and won the spot on the 2008 All-Star team. But this success was short-lived.
A series of injuries that only appeared 50 times in the next five seasons, including a broken jaw, concussion, knee problems, and DiPietro, a disabled person in the groin. The islanders abandoned him in 2013, but are reminded by a 16-year payment schedule that pays DiPietro $ 1.5 million each year.
Chicago Bears, $ 126.7 million for 7 years
The Bears have high hopes for Cutler and sign a seven-year quarterback in hopes of finally finding a franchise quarterback. I tied it up. However, due to the inconsistent play on Cutler's field, these plans did not work. He led the league with 18 intercepts in 2014. Miami Dolphins. The landscape changes weren't very effective in the end for the quarterbacks, which they officially called to end in 2017.