The New York Mets and left-handed pitched Jon Niese agreed to a five-year deal worth $25.5 million Niese could earn as much as $46 million based on two team-controlled options in the contract.
Niese, 25, has 64 starts and 370 innings of major league work since getting his first taste of the bigs in 2008. He has a 22-23 career record and 4.39 ERA in that time. He was 11-11 in 27 appearances last year, 26 starts, with a 4.40 ERA, 138 strike outs and 44 walks in 157 innings of work.
The contract, according to the ESPN report, mirrors the one the Texas Rangers gave left Derrick Holland, who got a five-year, $28.8 million deal. Both players have similar career tracks in their four seasons of major league work.