Exclusive: Niese to sign long-term deal

Jonathon Niese

Starting Pitcher
New York Mets


Left-hander Jon Niese, who is under the team’s control for another four seasons, is expected to sign a long-term deal with the organization, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.

The eventual deal is believed to be comparable to the five-year, $28.5 million deal that included two team options -- for $11 million and $11.5 million -- that fellow left-hander Derek Holland signed with the Texas Rangers last month. Both players have comparable major league service time and would have been eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

No contract has been formally agreed to as of yet.

Niese, 25, went 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts) for the Mets in 2011, before his season ended in late August with a muscle strain on his right side. The 11 wins marked a career high.