The Yankees reached agreements with all but one of their arbitration-eligible players, but they have so far been unable to strike a deal with Luis Severino.
Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Sonny Gray, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, Tommy Kahnle, James Paxton and Austin Romine all signed one-year deals, leaving just Severino.
Their last arbitration battle came with Betances two years ago, a fight that went public. This time, Betances settled for $7.25 million. He’ll be a free agent for the first time following this season.
Severino, 24, is in his first year of eligibility for arbitration. The right-hander went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and was named an All-Star for a second straight season, but he faltered during the latter part of the year, finishing with a 5.67 ERA in his final 14 starts.
He tossed four scoreless innings against the A’s in the wild card game before being pounded for six runs in just three innings in a loss to Boston in Game 3 of the ALDS. There were concerns Severino was tipping his pitches.
Severino made $604,975 last season and figures to be in line to earn around $5 million in 2019. The two sides can still negotiate until the hearing next month.