|Ultimate Confidence Man Bobby Bonilla|
The large buyout Bonilla is to receive actually was the result of a second stint with the Mets, one in which the Mets deferred paying his buyout of $5.9 mil in order to free up money to bring in Mike Hampton, Derek Bell and Todd Zeile. These three new acquisitions proved enough to enable the Mets to reach the World Series in 2000; one which they ultimately lost.
One of those acquisitions, Derek Bell, was later brought in by the Pirates brain trust in order to turn around the struggling franchise. He was a huge bust, and was subsequently arrested for felony cocaine possession.