Ex-Met Niese Reaches Deal With Yankees

The Yankees are set to sign left-handed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor-league contract, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Daily Post.

Niese is very familiar with pitching NY, considering he has pitched in the city for the Mets each season since 2008 subtracting half a season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. Instead of taking Niese's $10MM option for 2017, the Mets chose to pay his $500K buyout.

Niese's 2016 season was cut short when he underwent knee surgery in August, but he seems to have healed up completely, and held a bullpen session in front of 13 teams earlier this month.

In 211 career games (197 starts), Niese has a 69-68 record with a 4.07 ERA.

Do we really want to consider the that Niese could be in the Yankees opening day rotation behind Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia?

Sherman reports that the Yankees see Niese as a candidate to both start or come out of the bullpen, and the 30-year-old could fill a need for NY in either department.

Niese could join a bullpen that likely will feature Adam Warren, Tommy Layne, Dellin Betances and closer Aroldis Chapman. While such a giant increase could've been an aberration, Niese's home run rates have been on the rise in each of the last four seasons.

  • Julie Sanders