March 28, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (49) pitches during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Jon Niese Signs 5-Year Extension With Mets

The Mets officially announced Jon Niese's five-year extension. Niese, 25, enters 2012 with a 22-23 record and 4.39 ERA for his career.

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Mets Officially Announce Jon Niese's 5-Year Extension

The New York Mets officially announced a new five-year extension with left-handed starting pitcher Jon Niese on Saturday morning, a deal reportedly worth $25.5 million.

The deal also has two club option years that can push the total of the deal to around $46 million, but the club can also buyout the final years for $500,000 for each year.

"It means a lot. It's a relief. It's just a burden off my shoulders,'' the 25-year-old Niese told reporters after the Mets' 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. "It's something that I don't have to think about. When I go out there to pitch I can just go out there, pitch, have fun, help my team win.''

Pitching for the Mets in 2011, Niese picked up an 11-11 record with a 4.40 ERA. Over the past four seasons with the Mets, he has a combined record of 22-23 with a 4.39 ERA. Niese is just one of the young players the Mets have locked up as they attempt to recover from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme and try to get back to being a playoff-contending club.

For more on the Niese deal and the New York Mets, visit SB Nation's Mets blog Amazin' Avenue and SB Nation New York.

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Just Who Is Jon Niese?

Jon Niese is the latest young pitcher to be signed to an extension, but there's a chance he won't end up earning all of it.

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Jon Niese, Mets Agree To Long-Term Contract Extension

The New York Mets have signed Jon Niese to a five-year deal that could become a seven-year deal if two options are picked up. It's all worth several millions of dollars.

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New York Mets, Jonathon Niese Reportedly Close To Extension

The New York Mets are trying to lock up one of their young pitchers, left-hander Jonathan Niese.

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