3 more former Yankees players the Mets should consider signing after Luis Severino

It's possible Luis Severino isn't the only former Yankees player the Mets bring across town.

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The New York Mets made their first big move of the offseason, signing Luis Severino to a one-year deal worth $13 million. Normally one-year deals carry minimal risk, but in the case of Severino, a pitcher coming off an abysmal year with a lengthy injury history, it's one that Mets fans are rightfully at least a bit concerned about.

The upside is very clear. At his best, Severino is an all-star caliber pitcher that would slot in perfectly in the middle of the Mets rotation. However, at his worst, he's a guy who will rarely take the ball and we just saw him put up a 6.65 ERA in 19 appearances for the Yankees this past season.

Severino isn't the first former Yankee added to the Mets organization this offseason, as the Mets chose former Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza to be the team's new manager. This could be a new trend, with more former Yankees coming to Queens alongside Severino. These three former Yankees should interest David Stearns at some level.

1) Jordan Montgomery

You knew he'd be here. Jordan Montgomery spent the first five and a half seasons of his career in pinstripes before being traded at the 2022 trade deadline to the Cardinals. Since leaving the Yankees, Montgomery has developed into a legitimate frontline starter. This past season, he was traded from St. Louis to the Rangers, where he'd not only help them make the playoffs, but he was one of their key arms on their way to winning the World Series.

Montgomery enters free agency at the perfect time, coming off arguably his best season. While that's always a bit of a concern, there's every reason to believe the southpaw will be the frontline starter capable of eating innings that this team desperately needs.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto is clearly the best Mets fit considering his youth and no qualifying offer attached, but Montgomery is arguably right behind him. The qualifying offer eliminates an arm like Blake Snell from entering the equation, and Montgomery does not have one attached to him. The Mets can sign him without forfeiting draft compensation.

This former Yankee can slide right into that second spot in the rotation behind Kodai Senga and provide the veteran influence and reliability that this rotation needs.