Ivan Nova has reportedly received offers in three-year, $36MM range

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According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Pirates’ starter Ivan Nova is in line for a three-year, $36 million offer similar to the one J.A. Happ took with the Blue Jays prior to the 2016 season. Nova’s agent, Greg Genske, confirmed that they’d been receiving offers in that range, though he didn’t name any current suitors.

Nova got off to a rough start with the Yankees during the first half of the 2016 season, posting a 4.90 ERA that looked like it was on pace to rival the career-high 5.07 mark he hit in 2015. He was dealt to the Pirates at the trade deadline and made remarkable strides over the final two months of the regular season, thanks in part to a deflated 3.06 ERA and a 17.33 K/BB rate over 64 2/3 innings in Pittsburgh’s rotation. His strikeout rate kept pace with his career 6.7 K/9 average, ramping up to a modest 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings, but it was his exceptional control that helped keep him ahead of opposing batters with just three walks in 263 batters faced.

The 29-year-old’s transformation on the mound seemed simple enough. Following his transition to Pittsburgh, Nova tweaked the release point on his curveball and focused on utilizing his breaking ball early in the count to get more first-pitch strikes. The change appears to have worked, and could give potential suitors confidence in the right-hander’s continued success in 2017. Whether or not Nova can net a more lucrative contract remains to be seen.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.