The New York Yankees are reportedly shopping right-handed pitcher, Ivan Nova. There are reports that the Yankees have notified the other front offices that Nova is available via trade, but there has been no interest by any team as of now. This isn’t a surprise given that Nova struggled mightily in 2015 after coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Nova, who will be 29 in a few weeks, was held to 94 innings in 2015 going 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA. Nova averaged 6.0 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 which is not a good walk to strike out ratio. He also gave up 99 hits through 94 innings this past season. Nova will earn $4.4 million this upcoming season and is set to hit the free-agent market after the 2016 season, so teams that indeed inquire about Nova will be asking for a low price to acquire the services of the right-handed pitcher out of the Dominican Republic.
Nova had shown promise earlier in his career, when he posted a 16-4 record during the 2011 season with a 3.70 ERA for the Bombers, finishing fourth in the Rookie of Year voting. His career has not necessarily been a breeze, with a career 6.7 K/9 against 3.0 BB/9 and 9.5 H/9. The worst year being in 2014 when he posted a 13.9 H/9 in 20 innings before going down with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery.
The Yankees projected rotation according to rosterresource.com goes as follows:
- Masahiro Tanaka (career 3.16 ERA)
- Luis Severino (5-3, 2.89 ERA last season as a 21-year-old)
- CC Sabathia (career 2574 strikeouts)
- Michael Pineda (career 8.6 K/9)
- Nathan Eovaldi (average fastball velocity of 96.7 MPH in 2015 while going 14-3)
Nova is the odd man out barring any injuries for the Yankees current rotation. New York has Nova in the bullpen to start the 2016 season, thus making him expendable, if the Yanks receive the right price for him.