Nova happy to be back with Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Ivan Nova is happy to be back with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nova made that clear in December, when he signed a three-year, $26 million contract. It was obvious again from the smile on Nova's face when he checked into spring training camp Tuesday. It's as plain as the whiskers on his face - something Nova was not allowed to have when was with the New York Yankees...
Via Associated Press
February 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Nova can boost pay $2 million annually with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ivan Nova can earn an additional $2 million annually in performance bonuses as part of his new contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, which would raise his total to $32 million over three years if he makes 32 starts or pitches 200 innings in each season. As part of the $26 million, three-year deal announced Dec. 27, the right-hander gets a $2 million signing bonus...
Via Associated Press
January 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Nova says decision to re-sign with Pirates an "easy" choice

PITTSBURGH (AP) Given a chance to explore the free agency market for the first time in his career, pitcher Ivan Nova methodically went through the process, listening to offers but never really changing his mindset. All things being equal - and just as importantly, all money being equal - Nova wanted to stick with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where the right-hander gave his uneven career...
Via Associated Press
December 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Ivan Nova Slipped Through the Cracks

The Marlins gave Edinson Volquez two years and $22 million. Now, I know what you might be thinking: The Marlins might have to issue bigger guarantees in order to convince players to join them. But I don’t know that for sure. What I do know for sure is that Volquez turns 34 next summer. Last season he had a worse-than-average ERA, a worse-than-average FIP, and a worse-than-average...
Via Fangraphs
December 22, 2016  |  Discuss

AP source: Pirates, Ivan Nova agree to $26M, 3-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says pitcher Ivan Nova and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced. Pittsburgh acquired Nova from the New York Yankees at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Though the Pirates faded...
Via Associated Press
December 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Jeremy Hellickson unlikely to accept qualifying offer

Jeremy Hellickson appears poised to test the free agent waters. According to a report from Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman, Hellickson is unlikely to accept a qualifying offer from the Philadelphia Phillies. The 29-year-old pitcher received a qualifying offer from Philadelphia this week for $17.2 million. If he declines it, the Phillies would receive a compensatory draft pick. Hellickson...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Ivan Nova Is Getting Happed

A year ago, when the Pirates were alive in the playoff race, they made what felt like a fairly uninspiring deadline trade for J.A. Happ. Happ was almost a giveaway, and no one really batted an eyelash about the Pirates’ tiny upgrade, but then they made some very minor tweaks and Happ pitched the rest of the season like one of the better starters in the league. There was, at one...
Via Fangraphs
August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Yankees trade Ivan Nova to the Pirates

After pulling off trades for Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran—three of the biggest pieces the Yankees had to offer—Brian Cashman pulled another rabbit out of his hat by unloading the struggling Ivan Nova to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two players to be named later. The deal was announced just as the trade deadline was about to expire at 4 p.m. Nova had a 4.90...
Via BP Bronx
August 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Game 60 Recap: Back to .500

Ivan Nova, and the Yankees’ offense, haven’t come crashing back down to earth just yet. Nova cruised through six, running into a bit of trouble in the seventh, and finished with a quality start. He allowed six hits and three runs over 6 1/3, and behind a five-run fifth, earned the win in a 6-3 final. With No-Runs DMC fresh, the game was pretty much over when Betances entered...
Via BP Bronx
June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

The new version of Ivan Nova

When the season began, Ivan Nova had been sequestered in the bullpen for the first time in his life. A shaky first year back from Tommy John surgery had fostered a lack of trust in him. Spring Training saw the beginning of a battle between him and CC Sabathia for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, and Sabathia’s veteran status won out. Sabathia found his way onto the disabled...
Via BP Bronx
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

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