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Jon Niese agrees to minor league deal with Yankees

The lefty has spent most of his professional career with the Mets, but he’ll be playing for the other team in New York City.

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Of the Mets who hit free agency following the 2016 season, Jon Niese wasn’t exactly the headliner. But the 30-year-old lefty has agreed to a minor league deal with the Yankees.

Taken by the Mets in the seventh round of the 2005 draft, Niese made his major league debut in 2008 and made a few starts in 2009 before becoming a regular in 2010. He stuck in the Mets’ rotation for a few years from that point and put together his best season in 2012 with a 3.40 ERA and 112 ERA+ in 190.1 innings. He matched that 3.40 ERA in 2014 over the course of 187.2 innings, but that performance wasn’t as good compared to his peers, as he had just a 101 ERA+. By that metric, those were the only two above-average seasons that Niese had in the big leagues.

After signing him to a pretty team-friendly extension, the Mets retained Niese through the 2015 season and traded him to the Pirates for second baseman Neil Walker shortly after the season ended. They re-acquired him at the trade deadline in 2016, sending Antonio Bastardo—who had been a Pirate but signed with the Mets in the 2015-16 offseason—to Pittsburgh in the process.

In total, Niese has a 4.07 ERA, 4.02 FIP, and a 93 ERA+ over 197 starts and 14 relief appearances in his major league career.