Mets to defer portion of Wright's deal

Updated: December 12, 2012, 7:10 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The New York Mets will defer $15.5 million of the $138 million in David Wright's new eight-year extension. However, the deferred dollars were reduced significantly from the amount the club initially wished to defer.

The Mets will defer $3 million of Wright's $11 million salary in 2013, then $2.5 million annually from 2014 through 2018. Because of the deferrals, the total deal is valued at $134,015,678 by the Major League Baseball Players Association, sources said.

The team originally pressed for a greater percentage of deferred money, a demand that nearly caused discussions to unravel, according to a baseball official who was consulted on the negotiations. However, subsequent negotiations succeeded in reducing the deferred money to a level that was amenable to both sides.

Wright's contract calls for him to earn $11 million next year, $20 million in each of the following five seasons, then $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.

The $15.5 million in salary that is being deferred without interest is to be paid in equal installments of $3.1 million each June 30 from 2021-25.

The contract also includes numerous award bonuses. Wright would earn an additional $500,000 if he wins the MVP award, $1 million if he wins it a second time, and $1.5 million if he wins it a third time during the life of the deal. He would receive an additional $200,000 for any season in which he finishes second through fifth in the voting.

He also would collect $100,000 for making the All-Star team, another $100,000 if he receives the most All-Star votes in the league and $100,000 apiece if he wins a Sporting News, Baseball America or Associated Press player of the year award.

The contract calls for $100,000 bonuses if Wright wins the Gold Glove, Silver Slugger or Hank Aaron Award. It also contains postseason MVP provisions.

Wright will donate $1.38 million over the life of the contract to a charity designated by the Mets.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Jayson Stark | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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