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Pirates send Ivan Nova to White Sox for rookie league pitcher and international cash

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Didn’t see this coming. No other details yet. It’s apparently not final yet, either.


What that “rotation strength” may be hasn’t yet been explained. I assume this means the Pirates aren’t sending money, although that could surface later. If they’re dumping all of Nova’s salary, the question then becomes whether they’ll spend it to improve the team.


Rosario spent three years in the DSL and one in the GCL. He’s struck out a lot of guys the last two years, at least, but this looks like it was strictly to move salary.