After an uneventful opening day of the winter meetings at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the White Sox added a pitcher to their rotation through a trade with the Pirates.
The White Sox on Tuesday acquired right-hand pitcher Ivan Nova from the Pirates, a source confirmed. The trade, first reported by Ken Rosenthal, is pending a review of the medical records of players involved.
Nova, who has one season remaining on a $26 million deal, is owed $9.1 million in 2019. He owns a 4.26 ERA over nine innings and made 31 and 29 starts in each of the last two seasons, pitching to a 4.14 and 4.19 ERA.
A veteran starting pitcher was on the top of the Sox list of immediate needs this offseason. With young starters Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito and perhaps Dylan Covey in the rotation, the Sox need an innings eater to fill the void left by veteran James Shields, who is a free agent.