By Jason Shetler
On Wednesday, Clint Hurdle was on MLB Network Radio, and mentioned that the Pirates are still actively talking with Ivan Nova.
Nova began the 2016 season with the New York Yankees where he pitched between the rotation and bullpen. In 97.1 innings for the Yankees, he had a 4.90 ERA with an 89 ERA+.
The Pirates addressed their rotation at the trade deadline by acquiring Nova from the Yankees in exchange for two players to be named, which ended up being pitcher Stephen Tarpley and outfielder Tito Polo.
Nova pitched extremely well with the Pirates, as he posted a 3.06 ERA along with a 2.62 Fielding Independent Pitching and had an ERA+ of 137 in 11 starts. Heading into the offseason, the asking price for Nova was said to be five years at $70 million. The other day, Rich Hill, perhaps the top name in a watered down free agent market for starting pitching, signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a three-year deal worth $48 million, so it’s likely that Nova’s contract would be on that same level.