The New York Mets locked up one of their young pitchers this week, signing Jon Niese to a five-year deal.
The tastefully named left-hander will make a total of $25.5 million through the 2016 season.
We here at The Shea Faithful are big fans of Jon Niese.
Last spring, I identified him as a breakout candidate for the Mets, and he showed some flashes of brilliance.
Niese has been plagued in his career by high BABIP and poor endurance down the stretch.
This offseason, Niese had a rhinoplasty that has helped him breath better, and he hopes it will have a positive effect on his conditioning throughout the season.
Niese will make a little over $1 million this season, $3 million next year, $5 million in 2014, $7 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016.
He also has two team options in 2017 and 2018, worth $10 million and $10.5 million, respectively. The Mets can buy out either option for $500,000 each.
If Niese hits his potential as a top of the rotation pitcher, the Mets can potentially keep him under team control for the next seven seasons at a total of $45.5 million, which is very reasonable.
Needless to say, I love this deal for the Mets, and it gives the 25-year-old Niese financial security with guaranteed salaries until age 30.
Check out the video from MLB.com to see Niese and Mets GM Sandy Alderson speak about the new deal.
Well done by both sides. I'm happy to hear that Niese is sticking around awhile.