Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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The Mets  made it official and announced the five-year, $25.5 extension for Jon Niese, who, if he lives up to expectations will make that a bargain. Premium left-handers are in high demand and Niese has already shown a high upside. Throw in two team option years and the deal could rise to $45.5 million. The Mets have been targets for bad contractual decisions, but this is a sound move because it will enable them to avoid the arbitration and free-agency issues for the next five years. All contracts represent a gamble, and any thing long term with a pitcher is such, but because of Niese’s age and upside, they are locking him in to a reasonable deal. This is nothing like the Oliver Perez fiasco. Niese called the deal a blessing and a relief. “It means a lot,’’ Niese said. “It’s a relief. It’s just a burden off my shoulders. It’s something I don’t have to think about when I go out and pitch. I can just go out there and pitch, have fun and help the team win.’’ Niese will make his season d
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