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Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Jonathan Niese #47 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during the New York Yankees photo day on February 21, 2017 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

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