Year-by-year breakdown of Jon Niese’s new contract

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the year-by-year details of Jon Niese’s new $25.5 million contract with the Mets, which will apparently become official Saturday:

2012: $1.0195 million ($769,500 salary plus $250,000 signing bonus)
2013: $3 million
2014: $5 million
2015: $7 million
2016: $9 million
2017: $10 million option or $500,000 buyout
2018: $10.5 million option or $500,000 buyout

Niese is guaranteed at least $25.5195 million for five years and the deal is worth as much as $45.5195 million for seven years, at which point he’d be a 32-year-old free agent for 2019.

So far Niese has been a solid mid-rotation starter, albeit one who’s yet to throw even 175 innings in a season. If reasonably healthy it’s tough to imagine the Mets regretting the contract too much and if Niese takes the step forward his secondary numbers suggest is possible they’ll get a nice bargain.

Marcus Stroman dealing with blister again

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.

Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.

While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.