Phillies Resign Aaron Nola To 7-Year $172 Million Contract
One big question mark hanging over the Phillies head this offseason has been answered already. Aaron Nola is back. The two sides agreed to a 7-year 172 million dollar deal, keeping Nola in Philadelphia until 2030. Jeff Passan was the first to report.
It continues a trend of the Phillies giving players more years for a lower AAV. They did the same thing to land both Bryce Harper and Trea Turner, and now they give Aaron Nola that 7th year to save per year on Aaron Nola.
Nola has been with the Phillies his whole career, and now it looks like he may be a Phillie for life. He will be with the Phillies until he is 37, barring a trade in the future. Nola has been the best homegrown Phillies pitcher since Cole Hamels. Has he at times had consistency issues? Yes. But when he is on, he looks like a Cy Young-caliber pitcher. And he pitched fantastically in 3 of his 4 postseason starts this season.
There was some talk he could get into the $200 million range. But the Phillies get him at a pretty fair price. He will average about $24.6 million a year, which would be the 10th highest among all starters next season. And you know by the end of the deal many more pitchers will have passed him. It’s a win-win for both sides with Aaron Nola getting the 7th year he wanted, and the Phillies keeping flexibility concerning the luxury tax.
What the Phillies’ next move will be remains to be seen. Earlier in the week it was reported the Phillies were among the top suitors for Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. After getting Nola you would think that would be it for them in terms of the starting pitcher market. But a closer like Josh Hader would make a lot of sense as their next target. And with Dombrowski suggesting that Johan Rojas will start the season in the minors, another outfield bat is also a big need.
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