Originally Posted by mahagga73
That guy was a damn good player for the Pirates and Sox and then just tanked on the Met's. What happened? any theories.
Actually, that's not entirely accurate. The contract that people are referring to is the deal he signed before the 1999 season. His first contract with the Mets was signed before the 1992 season. His first year in New York was subpar, but he had three solid seasons after that, making the National League All Star Team twice. He followed up his time in New York with two more solid seasons in Baltimore and Florida, reaching the postseason with both teams. He didn't tank until 1999, as age had caught up with him by that point.
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
In 1999, the New York Mets reacquired Bonilla from the Los Angeles Dodgers
in exchange for Mel Rojas
. Again, his level of play did not measure up to expectations and he had numerous clashes with manager Bobby Valentine
over lack of playing time. His tenure in New York culminated in an infamous incident during Game Six of the 1999 NLCS
where the Mets were eliminated by the Braves in an eleven inning game while Bonilla reportedly sat in the clubhouse playing cards with teammate Rickey Henderson
The New York Mets
placed Bonilla on unconditional waivers in 2000. He spent the 2000 season playing for the Atlanta Braves. The Mets agreed to pay out the remainder of Bonilla's contract by deferring the $5.9 million that he was due. The Mets will pay him 25 equal payments of $1,193,248.20 every July 1 from 2011 until 2035, assuming an annual interest rate of 8% during the period 2001–2035.
Here are his statistics
from Baseball Reference.