By Sam Bush
Just in case Phils boy wonder GM Matt Klentak doesn’t think they have a pitching rotation that can make the playoffs, I have two words:
Ivan Nova of the Pirates, who is a free agent and is a great for in Philly.
Zack Wheeler is an impact addition but he is only one man and the Phillies came into the offseason needing multiple starting pitchers.
Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta pitched their way into the bullpen last year and Jake Arrieta is coming back from elbow surgery, so the Phillies could use another arm.
Nova is a reliable league average-ish innings-eater and you could do worse for your No. 5 starter.
New manager Joe Girardi and Nova have a history from their time with the Yankees, remember.