In a somewhat unexpected move on Monday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers announced they had signed right-handed starting pitcher Iván Nova to a one-year deal. The team themselves were the first to break the news online.
Nova spent the bulk of his career played for the New York Yankees, and made such a stir in his rookie season he was fourth in votes for Rookie of the Year, winning 16 games that season with a 3.70 ERA.
Since his time with the Yankees, he spent three seasons with regular Tigers collaborators the Pittsburgh Pirates, before having a single season with the Chicago White Sox last year, where he started a career-high 34 games, went 11-12, and had a 4.72 ERA and 4.98 FIP.
Nova has consistent career numbers, with a 4.32 ERA, 4.43 FIP, and 1.455 WHIP.
Now 33 years old, he is heading into his 11th season of major league ball, and looks to be rounding out the Tigers starting rotation.
For his one-year deal, the Tigers will pay Nova $1.5 million plus incentives, which is overall not a bad payout for a workhorse pitcher who appeared in 187 innings last year. It is worth noting that Nova’s hits were up to a career-high 223 last year, but in general he had a plus .500 win record (.539) and will be able to perform as a reliable starter for the club this season.
In a corresponding move to make room for Nova on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated pitcher Matt Hall for assignment. Hall appeared in 16 games for the Tigers in 2019 in relief and finished the year with a 7.71 ERA.