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Storylines: Pirates resign Nova to three year deal

The Pirates resigned Ivan Nova and the Indians inked Edwin Encarnacion to a big deal to headline the news around baseball on Thursday...

Top Storylines:

- The Pittsburgh Pirates have struck a deal to re-sign right-hander Ivan Nova to a three-year, $26MM per Robert Murray of FanRag Sports.  Nova was acquired at the deadline by the Pirates from the Yankees and was sensational in the second half as he posted a 3.06 ERA across 64.2 innings of work with a 7.2 SO/9 ratio as well.  He was one of the best free agent pitchers on the market in a relatively thin free agent pitching class so for the Pirates to get him on a reasonably cheap deal is a huge win for them.

Indians News:

- After weeks of speculation free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion finally made a decision as to which team he will be playing for, agreeing to terms on a three-year, $60MM deal that includes a $5 million buyout for a fourth year club option that will be $25 million if picked up by the Indians. His final suitors were reportedly the Indians, Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers, and ultimately the Indians made the best offer. Encarnacion reportedly wanted an opt-out after the first season but the Indians held their ground and have him under control for three guaranteed years and a fourth year at their choice. Encarnacion was tendered a qualifying offer and because the Indians draft pick was not protected, they will not have a first-round selection in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft.  Encarnacion will share time with slugger Carlos Santana at the first base and designated hitter’s position with Santana most likely getting most of the reps at first base and Encarnacion being the primary designated hitter. His signing also means the Indians will not be retaining Mike Napoli.

Other Storylines:

- The Pirates are also still engaged in talks with the Chicago White Sox about lefty Jose Quintana per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The White Sox are holding talks with several other teams about Quintana but should the Pirates be able to trade for him, it would solidify their pitching rotation as one of the best in baseball.

- Center fielder Ben Revere is nearing a decision on which team to sign with per Rich Kubatko of MASN Sports.  Revere was non-tendered by the Washington Nationals and is looking to bounce-back after one of the worst seasons of his career.

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