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Mets sign Jon Niese to five-year, $25.5 million contract

Apr 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Jon Niese‘s long-term contract with the Mets is now official, with Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reporting that the five-year deal is worth $25.5 million in guaranteed money and covers all three arbitration eligible seasons plus his first year of free agency.

It also includes a sixth-year team option for $10 million and a seventh-year team option for $10.5 million, meaning Niese could potentially earn as much as $46 million over seven seasons.

Not even close to, say, Matt Cain money, but not bad for a guy with a 4.39 ERA in 371 career innings spent in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes that the contract is very similar to Derek Holland‘s recent five-year, $28.5 million deal with the Rangers, which also included a pair of option years.

Niese’s secondary numbers suggest he’s capable of taking a step forward, in which case the Mets will have been smart to lock him up now, but he’s also never thrown even 175 innings in a season. If nothing else, between the $25.5 million from the Mets and the $10,000 from former teammate Carlos Beltran to pay for his nose job Niese has moved safely ahead of Eric Nies in the Nies/Niese rankings.

  1. bbk1000 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    If he plays up to his potential it’s a good move, if not, it’s a Mets move….

  2. Gobias Industries - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Watch your back, Niese. The Grind will rule the airwaves again someday, and Nies will have the last laugh. Now excuse me while I Humpty Dance my way out of here.

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