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ST. PETERSBURG -- It took much longer than expected, but Jeff Niemann is finally a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The Rays signed their first round pick from June's First-Year Player Draft to a five-year, $5.2-million major league contract that included a $3.2 million signing bonus Thursday.
"It's a load off your shoulders," Niemann said via phone from Houston. "There's so much getting into finally getting something to work out. We just wanted to get a fair deal within the market."
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound right- hander from Rice University had the option of attending …