Pirates re-sign Nova to a 3-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates should have another solid starting rotation next season as they re-signed veteran starting pitcher Ivan Nova to a 3-year/$26 million deal. Pittsburgh acquired Nova at the trade deadline last season from the Yankees and he quickly became their top pitcher. Nova went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA for the Pirates in 11 starts last season and it was clear that the Pirates would try and retain him this offseason. I’m not sure that Nova will repeat those numbers next season as he has been very inconsistent throughout his career. Nova only has a 4.30 career ERA as he has spent most of his career with New York, but at least he will provide a veteran presence in an extremely young Pirates starting rotation. Nova was one of the best starting pitchers available this offseason, so it was probably the best option for the Pirates to re-sign him rather than bring in another pitcher in free agency. Pittsburgh’s starting rotation figures to be very good next season as long as all of their starting pitchers can stay healthy. However, I’m not quite sold that Nova can repeat what he did with the Pirates last season. Ultimately, I believe he will probably return to being the inconsistent pitcher that he has been most of his career.

Grade: C



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