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Mets close to long-term contract extension with Jon Niese

Apr 1, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

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In an exclusive report on, beat writer Adam Rubin passes along word that the Mets are nearing agreement on a long-term contract extension with left-handed starter Jon Niese.

The deal is thought to be similar to the five-year, $28.5 million pact that 25-year-old southpaw Derek Holland got from the Rangers back in mid-March. That contract also carries club options for the 2017 ($11 million) and 2018 ($11.5 million) seasons.

Niese, who is also 25 and a native of Ohio like Holland, registered a 4.40 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 138/44 K/BB ratio across 157 1/3 innings for the Mets last year before straining a muscle on his right side near the end of August. The former seventh-round draft pick has a 4.39 career ERA in 65 total major league appearances (64 of which have been starts).

  1. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Looking at his ratios, I’m thinking we’ve seen everything Niese brings to the table (great control, respectable K/9 but nowhere near elite, very good K/BB ratio, great consistency with the amount/type of contact he generates). Just under $6m isn’t bad for a pitcher who will go out every five days and give you a quality start. Unless he gets more K/9 (career high 7.9 last year) or sees a crazy year for BABIP (possible for a guy who generates 50% ground balls) I don’t think he’ll ever see those team options.

  2. exhibits5 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    he will win 15 games this year ERA 3.25 . and be on the Allstate team

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