The Yankees have let opposing teams know that Ivan Nova is available via trade, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. It’s not surprising that Nova is being made available after a rough 2015 and it’s also not surprising to hear that there isn’t great interest in him at this time.
“They are offering him out there, but I don’t know if there’s any takers,’’ an executive said of the right-hander.
It’s hard to envision a team giving up a ton for the 29-year-old since he’s a year away from free agency and coming off a season that was cut short by recovery from Tommy John surgery. Nova logged just 94 innings with an unsightly 5.07 ERA, averaging just 6.0 K/9 against 3.2 BB/9 with a 49 percent ground-ball rate this past season. He did manage a 3.72 ERA through his first 58 innings before perhaps wearing down and yielding four or more runs in four of his final seven outings.
That season certainly didn’t bolster Nova’s trade stock, but a club could try and pounce if the Yankees are willing to lower the asking price enough. Nova produced strong results in both 2011 and 2013 and projects to earn a not totally unreasonable $4.4MM salary in 2016. In Nova’s peak season, 2013, he posted a 3.10 ERA with 7.5 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and a 53.5 percent ground-ball rate in 139 1/3 innings of work. It should also be noted that for all of his struggles, Nova averaged 93 mph on his fastball in 2015 — the same mark he averaged in 2013 and a bit faster than his 2011 average.
It remains to be seen what the Yankees will look to get in return for Nova at this stage of the offseason, but it was said that they were not willing to sell low back in November.