Rick Hahn at his season ending media session stated his intentions of finding solutions for both the starting pitching staff and bullpen. After obtaining reliever Alex Colome a couple of weeks ago via trade, Hahn pulls off another deal by acquiring starting pitcher Ivan Nova from Pittsburgh, first reported by Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic.
Nova is entering the final year of his three-year deal which he signed with Pittsburgh back in 2017. His salary for the 2019 season will be $9.167 million ($8.5 million in base salary + $666,668 in signing bonus) as he’ll fill the void that James Shields leaves after his option was declined by the White Sox.
In 2018, Nova had a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA and 4.57 FIP. Not much of a strikeout artist racking up 114 punchouts over 161 innings, Nova does a pretty good job limiting free passes. Posting BB/9 of 2.0 in 2018, and 1.7 in 2017. If that carries over to this season, it would be much welcomed as the entire Sox starting staff had a BB/9 greater than 3.4 in 2018.
In exchange for Nova, the White Sox gave up rookie-league righty Yordi Rosario and $500,000 international pool money (updated).