NEW YORK — A Mets team in dire need of starting pitchers began filling that void Wednesday with a onetime standout pitcher from a neighboring district. The team has reached a one-year, $13 million deal with right-hander Luis Severino, a source told MLB.com, marking the first major signing of the David Stearns era. He quickly followed that up with another one-year deal, agreeing to terms with versatile infielder Joey Wendle, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
The Mets have not confirmed any deals because they are not yet official.
Severino, 29, spent his entire eight-year career with the Yankees, including All-Star seasons in 2017 and 2018. But injuries began to affect him with a strained right rotator cuff in 2019, followed by Tommy John surgery in 2020 Side and oblique problems have plagued Severino since then, and he made 18 starts last season and posted a 6.65 ERA.
That said, the range of possible outcomes for Severino in 2024 is wide. He remains one of the fastest throwing pitchers in the game, ranking in the 88th percentile in fastball velocity. But he hasn’t had a full, healthy season in half a decade, and he’s struggled throughout 2023.
However, Severino is a worthwhile risk for the Mets, given their hopes of putting an opponent on the field without committing to multiple long-term contracts. Severino’s injury history and lack of recent success make him available on a one-year contract.
The Mets currently have three starters under guaranteed contracts in Kodai Senga, Colombian José Quintana and Severino. They are among the favorites to sign legendary Japanese free agent Yoshinobu Yamamoto, although they face strong competition from other big-market clubs in that bid. Stearns, the club’s new president of baseball operations, said he expects the Mets to get more starters this winter, which could mean two or three with guaranteed contracts, depending on how it goes. the rest of the winter.
Wendle, whose contract is expected to be worth $2 million plus performance bonuses, is a reliable utility man with experience playing all over the infield and occasionally the outfield. He went to the 2021 All-Star Game with the Rays and finished fourth in the 2018 Rookie of the Year voting.