The Tigers announced on Monday the signing of free agent pitcher Iván Nova to a contract. Jon Heyman clarifies that it is a one-year, $1.5 million deal that offers the right-hander the opportunity to earn more via incentives.
Nova, who turned 33 years old yesterday, spent the 2019 season with the White Sox. Across 34 starts spanning 187 innings, he posted a 4.72 ERA with 114 strikeouts and 47 walks. ERA-wise, it was his worst season since 2015. His 14.1 percent strikeout rate was his lowest since 2014 as well.
The rebuilding Tigers are hoping Nova can simply eat innings during this upcoming season, especially considering the number of injury-prone pitchers in their starting rotation.