The New York Yankees brass has reportedly given general manager Brian Cashman the “go” to trade starting pitcher Ivan Nova.
This season, Nova is 7-6 with a 4.90 earned run average in 15 starts and six relief outings. Overall, he has 75 strikeouts in 97.1 innings of work and was roughed up for five runs against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
Over his last three games, the right-hander owns an ERA of 3.63 but saw his overall number spike from 4.65 to 4.90 with general partner Hal Steinbrenner in attendance in his last outing.
The Yankees are 52-50 while sitting only 4.5 games out of a playoff spot and have some decisions to make regarding contracts that will expire come to the end of 2016.
However, since May 5, despite being 43-33 (.566) their chances of winning the American League East sits at 1.4% according to MLB.com. That’s why it is the organization’s best interest to deal those who have no value to New York beyond 2016.
It’s about the future. And sure Nova is not the most attractive of arms but if the Yankees can get one or two middle-level prospects that always have the chance to amount to something great, the trigger should be pulled.
Although the chances don’t seem great…:
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2016