2) Luis Severino
Luis Severino is a name I believe will be linked to the Mets a ton because of their need for starting pitching and his success in New York pitching for the Yankees. There are some obvious pros to the Mets signing Severino this offseason, and other obvious cons.
A big pro for the Mets signing Severino is the fact that when healthy, he's been quite good throughout his career. He had a 3.18 ERA in 63 starts combined in 2017 and 2018, making the all-star team both seasons and finishing in the top 10 in the AL Cy Young Award balloting as well. He even pitched well in 2022 in the 19 starts he was healthy for.
A huge con for the Mets signing Severino has to be his health. The 2017 and 2018 seasons are the only ones in his nine-year career in which he has made 20+ starts. That's a massive concern. Additionally, 2023 was his worst year by far. He was able to make 19 appearances (18 starts) but had a 6.65 ERA in 89.1 innings pitched. He had the seventh-lowest ERA in the majors among pitchers with at least 80 innings pitched this season.
Because of his durability concerns and his 2023 struggles, Severino will only realistically get a short-term prove-it type of deal. It's on him to prove he can remain healthy and productive for a full season. The 29-year-old certainly has the stuff to do it, and he'd make some sense for the back of this rotation with only two starters truly locked in right now.