Aaron Nola is staying with the Philadelphia Phillies for the foreseeable future.
Nola and the Phillies agreed to a seven-year contract extension on Sunday, the workforce introduced. The pitcher was one of many largest names on the free-agent market however determined to stick with Philadelphia. His deal is reportedly value $172 million.
“At the outset of this offseason, we made signing Aaron our top priority,” Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski stated. “We are committed to winning, and having an individual like him in our uniform for years to come only helps us in that regard.
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“Aaron has confirmed to be probably the greatest and most sturdy pitchers in our sport for a variety of years now, and when contemplating his management talents and his character, it was essential for us to maintain him part of the Phillies household.”
Philadelphia selected Nola with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. He made his debut with the Phillies in July 2015 and became one of the mainstays in the rotation.
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He had a 4.46 ERA in 32 appearances this season along with 202 strikeouts. It’s the third straight year he struck out at least 200 batters. He finished fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting in 2022.
Now that Nola is locked up, it leaves only a few big-name pitchers on the market. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Eduardo Rodriguez are among those set to earn big deals. Shohei Ohtani is also on the market, but he will likely be relegated to hitting only in 2024 due to an arm injury.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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