Their search for cost-controllable starting pitching never over, the Pirates filled a rotation spot in a team-friendly way Thursday.An industry source confirmed to MLB.com that Pittsburgh has re-signed veteran right-hander Ivan Nova to a three-year contract worth $26 million. FanRag Sports first reported the deal, which contains a $2 million signing bonus. MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal added the deal is pending a physical. The club has not commented.
The signing brings Nova back to Pittsburgh after he seemingly turned a corner following a trade from the Yankees at last season's non-waiver Trade Deadline. ESPN reported that even with the return of Nova, the Bucs are still trying to acquire White Sox right-hander Jose Quintana.After parts of six seasons of erratic success in New York, Nova sliced his career ERA by more than a run after the trade. The 29-year-old went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA and three complete games in 11 starts for the Pirates. Nova significantly improved his control, cutting his walk rate from 2.3 batters per nine to 0.4 batters per nine in the process.Overall, Nova went 12-8 with a 4.17 ERA in 32 appearances (26 starts) in 2016. He is 58-41 with a 4.30 ERA in 142 appearances (129 starts) over his seven-year career.Nova will likely slide into the upper end of the Pirates' rotation behind Gerrit Cole and in front of second-year starters Chad Kuhl, Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow.Joe Trezza/MLB.com