2) Luis Severino
One of the first signings the Mets made this winter was signing former New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino to a one-year $13 million deal. The 29-year-old Severino has had a mixed bag of results throughout his Yankees tenure, but when he has been healthy there is no doubt he has shown the capabilities of being a front-line starting pitcher.
Injuries however have not allowed Severino to reach his full potential, as he has dealt with shoulder and lat injuries, as well as underwent a Tommy John procedure back in 2020. Last year Severino struggled with performance (6.65 ERA) and was shut down in September with an oblique strain.
Luis Severino is the type of high-upside, low-risk signing that could pay dividends for the Mets if pitching coach Jeremy Hefner can work some magic with his mechanics on the mound, as well as if Severino is able to make close to 30 starts, which he has not done since 2018. That's a BIG if.
The Mets starting rotation could really use some reliability behind ace Kodai Senga this season, and Luis Severino, provided he is healthy, has a chance to cash in big next offseason with a return to his 2022 form. As much as Mets fans won't like to admit it, a huge portion of their starting pitching success depends on the former cross-town rival's health.