After signing the big contract, David Wright said that he wanted the Mets to be competitive. Turns out he put his money where his mouth is by deferring short-term salary.

Yes, the contract was huge -- $138 million and the largest contract in Mets history -- but the immediate impact won't be onerous. David Wright made sure of that by reducing his 2012 salary and deferring as much as $15 million of his short-term contract into the future. Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal had the details first:

As part of new deal, I'm told Wright agreed to reduce his 2013 salary to $8M and defer $15M until after 2020.

— Brian Costa (@BrianCostaWSJ) December 5, 2012

That must mean that Wright has deferred some of his 2014 salary as well -- he was only slated to make $15 million in 2013, and so there's $8m in deferred salary that he's moved to the back end of this deal in order to give the team some flexibility. Andy Martino of the Daily News said that Wright sat down with Sandy Alderson in order to see the plans for future contention, and that part of that discussion led to the deferred money. More from Martino: