The 6-foot-9 Niemann, who turns 29 later this month, will earn $2.75 million
this season rather than the $3.2 million he sought.
Niemann went 11-7 with a 4.06 earned run average in 23 starts last season,
when he made $903,000. He spent six weeks on the disabled list with a strained
Selected by Tampa Bay with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft, Niemann
has gone 38-23 with a 4.16 ERA since reaching the majors in 2008.