The really fortunate 10
Old 08-03-2010, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1. Bobby Bonilla

Occupation: Former major league baseball slugger/grumbler.

Compensation: $1.2 million annually for 25 years, starting next July.

Summary: Bonilla calls it "that beautiful thing." Talk about an understatement. A decade ago, the New York Mets bought out the final year of Bonilla's contract -- $5.9 million -- by agreeing to a deferred, with-interest payment plan that begins in 2011 and will earn the 47-year-old former player a total of $29.8 million through 2035. Nice work if you can get it.

Fortune Quotient: Astronomical. Not only is Bonilla getting paid for doing nothing, he's essentially receiving an outsized reward for previous ineptitude -- over a 60-game span with the Mets in 1999, he hit .160 with four home runs, butted heads with then-manager Bobby Valentine and infamously played clubhouse cards with Rickey Henderson while New York lost the deciding game of the NLCS. The Mets will gladly pay you tomorrow -- and the next day, and the day after that -- for a rancid, parasite-infested hamburger today.

Fun fact: New York reportedly also is paying former pitcher Bret Saberhagen $250,000 in deferred payments through 2029.
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