One of the most notorious is the strange "deferred money" contract that the Mets gave to Bobby Bonilla in 1999. Bonilla was a good player who played two stints for the Mets — in the early '90s before skipping around the league and returning in 1999. In order to get out of the deal, the Mets and Bonilla's agent, Dennis Gilbert, brokered a deal that would defer the payment of the $5.9 million until 2011.
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