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Insider names Mets SP Luis Severino as a trade target for the Yankees

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Luis Severino left the Yankees last winter after eight years with the team. Could Yankees GM Brian Cashman try to bring him back?

Starting pitcher Luis Severino spent the first eight years of his MLB career with the New York Yankees. When he became a free agent last winter, he signed a one-year contract worth $13 million to switch cities and play for the New York Mets. Could he head back to the Bronx before the trade deadline?

Buster Olney discussed that possibility on the May 17 edition of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight podcast.

“So there’s an interesting name developing there … but I saw Luis Severino (on May 12). Tim, he’s better than he was, like he’s getting better,” he said. “I told him, I said you might be like Nathan Eovaldi, where you’re one of those guys who had a great arm in the first part of your career, but as time goes on you learn how to use it in must put together. . Eovaldi, as you know, has gone from being kind of an Iron Mike guy who threw 100 miles per hour… to now being a good and smart pitcher in terms of movement and moving the ball around.

“Just after my conversation with Severino, I think he could be that man. So I wonder if that might be a guy the Yankees are targeting because he knows how to pitch in New York.”


Severino is enjoying a rebounding campaign with the Mets

Sevy established himself as a top player for the Bombers from 2017 to 2018. These campaigns included consecutive All-Star Game selections, as well as two top-10 finishes in American League Cy Young Award voting. Over 384.2 innings, Severino compiled a 33-14 record with a 3.18 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 450 strikeouts.

But then his tenure with the Yankees was marred by injuries and subpar performances. He threw a total of 120 innings from 2019 to 2022 before struggling to an ERA of 6.65 through 89.1 innings in 2023.

He signed a one-year deal with the Mets to try to rebuild value during his age-30 campaign. That happened during his first 51.2 innings pitched. He has posted a 2-2 record with a 3.48 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 44 strikeouts.

His groundball percentage (42.2% to 55.8%), soft-hit percentage (14.4% to 25.7%), and hard-hit percentage allowed (34.6% to 29.1 %) have all improved dramatically compared to 2023, according to FanGraphs.

The Mets have not yet committed to selling at the trade deadline. But based on a now-deleted X-message from team owner Steve Cohen, it’s at least a topic of conversation within the organization. Severino would likely be a hot target based on his past track record, recent production and contract status.


Severino thought he would never leave the Yankees

Even with underperformance before free agency, it was probably a shock that Severino officially signed with a team that wasn’t the Yankees. He had been with the organization for more than ten years. His first year in professional baseball came in 2012 as an 18-year-old with the Yankees’ Dominican Summer League team.

The Mets introduced Sevy to the media via Zoom on January 10. He answered honestly about his promise to be somewhere other than the Bronx by 2024. Severino simply said, “I thought I was going to die a Yankee.”

The pitcher also discussed why he enjoys pitching in New York and was excited to stay in the Big Apple. He likes it when the fans keep him honest. Severino said, “I need that in my life. I need people to tell me the truth when I’m not doing well.”

SNY’s Yankees X account (formerly Twitter) recorded these comments.

‘I thought I was going to die a Yankee’

– Luis Severino

Severino could be a perfect trade target for the Yankees. They know him, he seems to have his form back and he knows what it takes to succeed in New York. All that remains at this point is what the Mets decide to do at the trade deadline. And of course, if they wanted to send Sevy back to the other side of town, to the Bombers.

Matt Musico covers Major League Baseball for Heavy.com and has been writing about baseball for the past decade. He is the creator of MLB Daily Dingers and his work has been featured on numberFire, MLB Trade Rumors, Bleacher Report, Elite Sports NY and Yahoo! Sport. More about Matt Musico