NEW YORK (AP) _ The retooling New York Yankees have dealt right-hander Ivan Nova to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two players to be named.
A 29-year-old right-hander, Nova follows relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, and outfielder Carlos Beltran out of New York.
Nova is 7-6 with a 4.90 ERA in 15 starts and six relief appearances, his inconsistency among the reasons the Yankees have struggled for much of this season. He was 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA over 17 starts last year in his return from Tommy John surgery.
With only 5 minutes left before deadline, Nova thought: “OK, I’m not going to get traded, I’m going to stay here.”
He was running on treadmill in weight room when Yanks bullpen catcher Ramon Rodriguez told him about trade and then he saw his name on TV. And then Yanks pitching coach Larry Rothschild informed Nova.
“Hopefully I can put it together over there,” Nova said.
Nova rejoins former Yanks catcher Francisco Cervelli with Pirates.
“We grew up in this organization,” the pitcher said.
Nova is making $4.1 million this year and is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
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