BRADENTON, Fla. - The expectation at the start of the offseason was that Ivan Nova would get a big deal on the free agent market. The market was weak, and Nova was one of the more attractive pitchers due to his final two months in 2016 after being traded to the Pirates. Nova was projected to receive 3-4 years in the $12-13 M range per year. He ended up getting three years and $26 M from the Pirates, which came as a surprise due to the expectations.

There were some theories about why the price was lower. One theory was that he didn't have much interest, despite his strong finish in 2016. The bigger theory was that he just wanted to return to Pittsburgh. Nova confirmed the latter theory today after reporting to Pirate City for Spring Training.

"Everything I said with my agent was 'Try ...

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