Luis Severino claims he wasn't specifically discussing Jacob deGrom's situation (despite saying "$17 million" and, you know, his name).
During an interview with SNY on Monday, the Yankees ace was informed that his comments about the National League Cy Young winner were getting a lot of attention.
"Nobody has said anything to me about it," he told SNY contributor John Harper.
When asked if he was quoted accurately by NJ.com, Severino responded, "I wasn't saying anything about his situation. Somebody asked me if I would do that and I said no, I would never do that. But I don't know what his situation is, so I wasn't saying he should do something or not."
On Sunday, Severino was reportedly critical of deGrom for considering an innings-limit if he doesn't sign an extension with the Mets.
"For me, I would never do something like that," Severino told NJ.com. "I want to pitch. I love to pitch. I love this game. I'd never do that."
The Bombers right-hander 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!"
Severino had added: "He's going to get his money anyway. DeGrom has only one year left with arbitration. He's going to make a lot of money."