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Jon Niese agrees to minor league deal with Yankees

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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.