The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal with free agent right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova, according to a report from Robert Murray of FanRag Sports. Murray notes that the client of the Legacy Agency received a $2 million signing bonus, along with the deal, as Nova's deal has an $8 million AAV.
The Pirates, who somewhat revitalized Nova's career, as they did to Toronto Blue Jays' lefty J.A. Happ, acquired the soon-to-be 30-year-old right-hander seconds before the August 1st non-waiver trade deadline this season from the New York Yankees. He had become the latest pitcher to undergo a transformation under pitching coach Ray Searage in Pittsburgh.
MLBTradeRumors.com had originally predicted that Nova would receive a deal in the four-year, $52 million range this offseason, comparing how inadequate the starting pitching available was on the open market and how well he did in the second half of last season. However, it appears that teams did not buy into much how successful he was with the Pirates, but Pittsburgh chose to bring him back. He will continue to pitch in a rotation that sports Gerrit Cole as its ace, along with Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl and Tyler Glasnow — all of which are going into their sophomore campaigns.
Nova started out the 2016 season with the Yankees pitching out of the team's bullpen after losing the race for the fifth rotation spot to C.C. Sabathia, who experienced a highly unexpected quality campaign, as he put together a 7-6 record, along with a 4.90 ERA, 5.10 FIP and a 89 ERA+, in 97 and 1/3 innings pitched over 21 appearances (15 starts). He flourished after being dealt to Pittsburgh, posting a 5-2 record, along with a 3.06 ERA and three complete games, 2.62 FIP and a 137 ERA+, in 64 and 2/3 innings pitched over 11 starts.null