Pirates starter Ivan Nova is set to become a free agent after the season, so the club has reportedly made two multi-year contract offers, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. According to Brink, the Pirates made a contract offer in early September but were rebuffed by Nova’s representatives, who said the right-hander was seeking a deal in the neighborhood of five years and $70 million. The Pirates made a second offer and discussions are ongoing.
The Pirates acquired Nova from the Yankees ahead of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline for two players to be named later, who turned out to be Tito Polo and Stephen Tarpley. Despite struggling to a 4.90 ERA in 15 starts and six relief appearances with the Yankees, Nova has turned things around in Pittsburgh. Over nine starts, he has a 2.93 ERA and a 45/3 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings.
The upcoming class of free agents is the weakest in recent memory, so Nova might prefer to hit free agency, particularly after turning his season around since joining the Pirates. The best targetson the market figure to be Rich Hill, Brett Anderson, Colby Lewis, and Jeremy Hellickson. Hill and Lewis in their mid-30’s, however, so as far as multi-year deals go, Nova is a much safer target.