NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Jon Niese #49 of the New York Mets throws a pitch in the top of the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on August 11, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Left-handed starting pitcher Jon Niese is expected to sign long-term deal to remain with the New York Mets for years to come, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Niese is still under team control for four more seasons. While the deal isn't done, it's expected to be completed soon.
Rubin reports the deal is comparable to the one Derek Holland signed with the Rangers. I'm speculating that the Mets will buy out the25-year-old's arbitration years (through 2015) and with team option(s) for a pair of free agency years. It'll be interesting to see the salary figures, as well.
Niese, 25, posted a 4.40 ERA across 157 1/3 innings of work last season with a strong 3.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. When looking at the sabermetric numbers, Niese pitched much better than that last season but suffered from some bad luck. According to fWAR, he was worth 2.7 wins above replacement and posted a strong 3.28 xFIP.