3 Mets free agent signings who’ve rebounded nicely after their disastrous 2023 season

These three have done much better with the Mets than they did with the clubs they played for in 2023.
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Two months into the New York Mets season and things haven’t exactly gone the way we wanted them to. The team is average at best. However, if there is something positive to take from the first two months it’s how well several of the free agent signings have done.

The Mets were keen to sign players to short-term deals with just one year of guaranteed money. Plucking from a pool of many players in need of a rebound campaign, they’ve lucked out.

These three Mets free agent signings have been excellent for the ball club after a disastrous 2023 season. 

1) Luis Severino

Last year couldn’t have gone much worse for Luis Severino. In 18 starts and a relief appearance he was 4-8 with a 6.65 ERA. Add this to the track record of injuries and he wasn’t the most appealing free agent pickup the Mets could make.

Go figure. Severino has been excellent. He has carried no-hitters late into games twice. Through 10 starts he’s 2-2 with a 3.22 ERA.

Perhaps a little more evolved, Severino isn’t a big strikeout pitcher, fanning batters at a rate of 7.7 per 9. His walks are also up. With the New York Yankees, he walked hitters at a rate of 2.8 per 9. He’s at 4 per 9 with the Mets this season.

The number of home runs he has given up is one of the biggest differences. The rate rose to 2.3 per 9 last year versus just 0.6 per 9 this season—half of where his career total was as a member of the Yankees. Severino is the owner of a groundball rate of 51.5% this season with line drives at 15.8%. He isn’t getting by with a whole lot of luck. A gutsy performer and not one to make excuses, the big shame of this free agent signing could end up being that it was only for one year.