The Yankees' Luis Severino took a bit of a jab at Mets ace Jacob deGrom on Sunday over deGrom's potential self-imposed innings restriction if he doesn't get an extension by Opening Day. On Monday, Severino claimed he "wasn't saying anything" about deGrom's situation after he clearly did just that.
On Tuesday, deGrom responded.
"Everybody is entitled to their own opinions," deGrom told Matt Ehalt of NJ.com. "...the business side of the game is why you have agents. ... they're looking out for my best interest and advising me."
"I really didn't think that much about it," deGrom concluded about Severino's swipe. "Anybody can have their own opinion, I didn't think it was a big deal. That's why I have agents and everybody has agents to advise them on what they should do on the business side of the game."
On Sunday, Severino -- who recently agreed to a four-year extension worth $40 million that also contains a fifth-year team option, was critical of deGrom potentially limiting his innings in order to preserve himself for free agency in 2020.
"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!"
Severino is entitled to his opinion, though it wouldn't be surprising if he got a call from a representative from the MLB Players Association for speaking out of turn against a fellow player during a time when the players and owners are at odds, with free agency again moving at a glacial pace.
DeGrom, whose desire is to secure a long-term deal from the Mets (with an offical offer not yet coming) had this to say last week about what he might do if he doesn't get the extension by Opening Day:
"I think that's gonna be a discussion that's gonna have to be had with my agents," deGrom said about limiting his workload if he doesn't have the security of a long-term deal. "I'm gonna have to sit down with them."
The expectation is that no matter what happens, deGrom will not limit his innings. That's why Severino speaking about what is likely a negotiating ploy and being so critical was curious.
There's also the fact that with his recent payday from the Yankees, the 24-year-old Severino's career earnings are guaranteed to be at least $41.852 million no matter what happens when he throws his next pitch. The 30-year-old deGrom, who is currently the best pitcher in baseball and whose career ERA is nearly a full run lower than Severino's, has earned $29.9 million so far during his career.
In any event, like most things that come his way, deGrom doesn't seem too bothered by Severino.