After pulling off trades for Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran—three of the biggest pieces the Yankees had to offer—Brian Cashman pulled another rabbit out of his hat by unloading the struggling Ivan Nova to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two players to be named later. The deal was announced just as the trade deadline was about to expire at 4 p.m.
Nova had a 4.90 ERA and 4.09 DRA in his 15 starts and 21 appearances this season. He gave up 19 home runs—1.8 home runs per nine innings—and he made his last start as a Yankee on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. In that game, Nova gave up five runs on six hits, including two home runs, in just 4 1/3 innings of work and the Yankees lost 5-1.
Nova, 29, is a free agent after this season, and made his debut with the Yankees on May 13, 2010. He finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2011, and had his best season in 2013 when he finished the year with a 3.10 ERA (3.44 DRA). The right-hander had a rough start to his 2014 season and underwent Tommy John surgery that April. Nova made his return to the team in June 2015 and finished with a 5.07 ERA in 97 innings last season.
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