By Rob Biertempfel
“It speaks for the type of guys we have around here,” Gerrit Cole said. “Not just with Ivan, but with David (Freese) and John (Jaso) and Matt Joyce, guys like that coming in. It speaks to the clubhouse atmosphere. It speaks to the (coaches) and the pitching philosophy. There’s a lot of good going on here. That’s touched a lot of guys and they want to stay. That’s just wonderful.”
Nova probably left money on the table when he OK’d his three-year, $26 million deal.
“That’s huge, especially for what we signed him for,” catcher Chris Stewart said. “We were able to open up some money to sign other guys. What he did for us last year was amazing and we expect nothing less from him this year. To have him around for the next three years is going to be huge for us.”
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If it seems to you that every pitcher in Pirates camp is working on a changeup, you’re correct. Chad Kuhl talks about his in the video above.
Clint Hurdle says there is a leisure suit and disco ball lurking somewhere inside David Freese, and he might be right.
>>> Tuesday’s game: Blue Jays at Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton. Webcast: pirates.com
Blue Jays: Ezequiel Carrera 8, Gregorio Petit 6, Kendrys Morales DH, Rowdy Tellez 1B, Reese McGuire 2, Anthony Alford 9, Jake Elmore 4, Dwight Smith Jr. 7, Jon Berti 5. RHP Lucas Harrell
Also pitching for Blue Jays: RH Casey Lawrence, RH Jarrett Grube, LHJeff Beliveau, RH Wil Browning, RH Glenn Sparkman, LH T.J. House, LH Chad Girodo
UPDATE 9:35 a.m. — Elias Diaz is a healthy scractch and will be replaced by Francisco Cervelli. This will be Cervelli’s first Grapefruit League game this spring. The new lineup looks like this …
Pirates: Adam Frazier 7, Josh Harrison 4, Andrew McCutchen 9, Francisco Cervelli 2, Joey Terdoslavich DH, Jordy Mercer 6, Jose Osuna 3, Austin Meadows 8, Phil Gosselin 5. RHP Ivan Nova.
Also pitching for Pirates: LH Tony Watson, RH Daniel Hudson, LH Felipe Rivero, RH Juan Nicasio, LH Antonio Bastardo, RH Pat Light, RH A.J. Schugel.
>>> Wednesday’s game: Pirates (RHP Josh Lindblom) at Twins (RHP Kyle Gibson), 1:05 p.m., Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers. Radio: 93.7 FM
Also pitching for Pirates: RH Jared Hughes, RH Dovydas Neverauskas, LH Dan Runzler, RH Edgar Santana, LH Jared Lakind, LH Cody Dickson.
Also pitching for Twins: RH Ryan Vogelsong, LH Craig Breslow, LH Stephen Gonsalves, RH Aaron Slegers, RH Felix Jorge, RH Fernando Romero
>>> Thursday’s game: Pirates (LHP Steven Brault) at Tigers (RHP Justin Verlander), 1:05 P.M., Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Fla. Webcast: pirates.com
Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.