Nova and the Yankees settled on a $4.1M deal Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports. Nova struggled down the stretch in 2015, getting the loss in seven of his last eight starts while posting a 7.02 ERA. Right now Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Luis Severino, and Nathan Eovaldi are seemingly locked into the first four rotation spots, meaning Nova will have to prove he can perform at a higher level if he wants a chance to crack the rotation. The 29-year-old could enter 2016 as the fifth starter or in the bullpen, making him a player to keep an eye on throughout spring training.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova took the loss in Game 1 of Saturday's double-header against the Orioles, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings while striking out four. His season ends with a thud, and Nova now has a rough 7.25 ERA over his final seven appearances (36 innings). With an offseason to rest and further strengthen his surgically repaired elbow though, he could still be in the mix for a rotation spot next spring.
Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova lost his 10th game Monday against the Red Sox as he allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven. Nova was brilliant early, as he allowed just three hits and a walk through five scoreless innings to begin the start. But the Red Sox tagged him for a pair of home runs in the next two innings, continuing a trend this year. Nova has now allowed 12 home runs in 16 starts and owns a brutal 1.2 HR/9, the main driver behind his 4.89 ERA.
Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova will start Monday against the Red Sox, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports. Between his strong performance the last time out -- striking out six in 5.2 innings while allowing just one run -- and the news that Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) won't be ready to return Monday, Nova will get at least one more turn in the rotation. The 28-year-old put up a solid start his last time out against Boston, allowing three runs in six innings in a losing effort.
Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (6-9) allowed just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against Toronto, but took the loss. Unfortunately for Nova, Marcus Stroman was outstanding on the other end, negating the 28-year-old's strong effort. It was his first start in 11 days, as the Jays helped boot Nova from the Yankees' rotation by blowing him up for six runs in less than two innings back on Sept. 12. It seems likely he'll stay in the rotation to start against the visiting Red Sox next week.