The Chicago White Sox have acquired RHP Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RHP Yordi Rosario and international pool money.
For the White Sox, Nova is an experienced starter that can help at the back end of their rotation, that is expecting full seasons from Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito. He has one more year left on his contract, and they don\’t give up too much for a back-end starter.
Nova, who will be 32 by the start of 2019, had a 4.19 ERA, 4.57 FIP and 114 strikeouts in 161 innings in 2018. The best year of his career was in 2013 with the New York Yankees, when he had a 3.10 ERA, 3.47 FIP and 116 strikeouts in 139.1 innings. In his MLB career for the Pirates and Yankees, Nova has an ERA of 4.26, with a 4.33 FIP and 840 strikeouts in 1141.2 innings.
For the Pirates, they are making this trade to clear up a rotation spot. This trade could help them get the pitcher to fill that spot. The international pool money could go to Yusei Kikuchi, the Japanese LHP that was posted this offseason. They also get a young prospect in Rosario.
Rosario, 19, has a 3.43 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 162.2 innings in rookie league in his career.