NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Mets could soon lock up left-handed starter Jonathon Niese for years to come.

The team is engaged in discussions with Niese on a long-term deal, WFAN’s Jon Heyman reports.

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The proposal is for five years plus options for 2017 and 2018, according to Heyman.

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Niese, eligible for arbitration next season, is under control of the team through 2015. The Mets modeled their offer — though likely for less money — after Derek Holland’s five-year, $28 million deal with the Texas Rangers.

The 25-year-old Niese is 22-23 with a 4.39 ERA over four seasons with New York, the bulk of his starts coming in 2010 and 2011.

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