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Mets sign Luis Severino to one-year deal

The Mets have filled one of their vacant rotation spots with an ex-Yankee.

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The Mets have signed ex-Yankees right-hander Luis Severino to a one-year deal worth $13 million, according to Jeff Passan. It is the first notable free agent signing for the team this offseason.

Severino has spent his entire career in the Bronx, where he has posted a 3.79 ERA, a 3.73 FIP, and a 1.19 WHIP in 727 13 innings. Those numbers are a bit misleading, as a majority of those stats came before 2020. His two best seasons came in 2017—2.98 ERA, 3.08 FIP, 1.04 WHIP, 230 strikeouts in 193 13 innings— and 2018—3.39 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 1.15 WHIP, 220 strikeouts in 191 13 innings. He was an All Star in both seasons and finished third and ninth in AL Cy Young voting, respectively.

He made a career-high 32 starts in 2018, but has only made 45 starts since the beginning of the 2019 season, with injuries derailing his once-promising career. He endured rotator cuff inflammation on his right shoulder and a Grade 2 lat strain in 2019, which cost him all but three September starts. He missed all of 2020 and most of 2021 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, tossing just six total innings out of the pen that year. He made 19 starts in 2022—his most since that 2018 campaign—though he did miss some time with a low-grade right lat strain. He posted a respectable 3.18 ERA, 3.70 FIP, and 1.00 WHIP while striking out 112 in 102 innings. Last year was easily the worst of his career, as he posted an unsightly 6.65 ERA, 6.14 FIP, and 1.65 WHIP in 89 13 innings, and his season ended prematurely with a high–grade oblique strain.

Severino will slot into the back-end of a Mets’ rotation that only has two names in pen right now—Kodai Senga, coming off a second-place finish in the NL Rookie of the Year race, and José Quintana. Severino is a low-risk move on a one-year deal and is a reclamation project, which will fall on returning pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. The Mets will likely still look to add two more pitchers to plug into the front-end of their rotation, with Tylor Megill and Joey Lucchesi serving as their depth. The team is known to be in the market for a top-flight starter, specifically Yoshinobu Yamamoto.