The 34-year-old Nova made 34 starts for the Chicago White Sox last season, which led the majors, and went 11-12 with a 4.72 ERA over 187 innings pitched. He finished with his worst strikeout rate since the 2014 season at 5.49 per nine innings pitched, but did have 114 strikeouts in total for the year. To go along with that, he did throw two complete games on the season, including a four-hitter against the Miami Marlins on July 22nd, and now sits with 10 career complete games.
The veteran started his career as an international free agent with the New York Yankees in 2004 and has 223 big league starts since then. He did not make his big league debut until 2016, and was traded away to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two minor league players. The year he was traded was one of his better seasons, as he finished with a 12-8 record and a 4.17 ERA. He was dealt to the Whte Sox before the 2018 season and will now remain the American League Central for a team in full rebuild mode under manager Ron Gardenhire.