Luis Severino fired off an unexpected fastball toward Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom on Sunday.
The Yankees' ace, who recently inked a four-year, $40 million extension to buyout his arbitration years, was critical of the reigning National League Cy Young award winner for considering an innings-limit this season if he does not sign an extension with the Mets.
"For me, I would never do something like that," Severino told Randy Miller of NJ.com. "I want to pitch. I love to pitch. I love this game. I'd never do that."
Severino was then asked if there was a time to negotiate contracts and a time to play?
"Exactly," he said. "He's making money. He's making $17 million!"
DeGrom, 30, agreed to a $17 million deal for 2019 in arbitration with the Mets but is still two years away from reaching free agency and has been adamant about wanting to secure an extension since the season ended.
While the two sides met in Las Vegas during the winter meetings, no offer has been made and deGrom has given the organization until Opening Day to reach a deal and left the door open on limiting his workload this season.
"I think that's gonna be a discussion that's gonna have to be had with my agents," deGrom said last week. "I'm gonna have to sit down with them."
Severino, who turns 25 on Wednesday, was supposed to have an arbitration hearing last Friday with the Yankees after they were unable to settle on his 2019 salary, but the two sides were able to strike a team-friendly, long-term deal before reaching the hearing.
The Yankees' right-hander was unable to see the urgency from deGrom's side, despite the current free-agent class struggling to find the right deals for them and the fragility that comes with being a pitcher.
"He's going to get his money anyway," Severino said. "DeGrom has only one year left with arbitration. He's going to make a lot of money."
Yankees left-hander James Paxton was also asked about deGrom's situation but was a little more diplomatic in his response.
"I don't know the thought process on that because I'm trying to get to the point where I can stay healthy and get as many innings as I can," Paxton told NJ.com. "I'm trying to get close or over 200 innings just to show everyone that I can do it."
Paxton added deGrom may change his approach if the Mets are serious playoff contenders down the stretch.
"If the Mets were close to a playoff spot, I would imagine that he'd want to keep on pitching and go for that postseason berth and try to go for a championship because that's just kind of engrained in players because of how competitive we are," he said. "I'm sure that his competitive nature would take over at that point, but who knows? It may depend on how the Mets' season goes."