Jeff niemann signs for $3M. #rays— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 18, 2013
Niemann, 29, missed most of last season with a broken leg -- suffered on a comebacker off the bat of Adam Lind in May -- so receives only a slight bump in salary from the $2.75 million he made in 2011.
When Niemann was healthy he was his usual effective self, posting a 3.08 ERA and 8.1 K/9 rate in eight starts. The right-hander -- who was also hampered by a shoulder injury late in the year -- is expected to be ready to go by spring training next month, and should be a big part of the James Shields-less Rays rotation going forward.
Niemann has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining before he hits the open market in 2015.