According to sources, right-hander Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies reached an agreement on a seven-year,$ 172 million deal on Sunday, locking up their lifelong rotation stalwart with an enormous deal that comes after the free agent market has been dormant for almost three weeks.
The 30-year-old Nola, who iȿ in Philadelphia undergoing a physical ƫo finalize the agreement, has played professionally for the Philadelphia Phillies for all ten of his times. Tⱨe team selected him with the seventh pick in the 2014 draft aȵd elevated him to the big leagues just one month later.
He has been their most consistent performer during that time, especially over the last six seasons, when he started the most games in Major League Baseball ( 175 ) and threw the second-most innings ( 1, 06513 ), just behind Gerrit Cole‘s 1, 07623 ). He decided to stay in Philadelphia, which is a reflection of how much he had grown to love the city and its fervent fan base, while the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies ‘ National League East rival, had spent the early winter pursuing Nola and hoping to put him to their movement.
Going into the trip, conversations between Joe Longo, Garrett Parcell, and Nola’s agents intensified. Nola did n’t want to wait around despite the fact that no free agents had signed since the market opened. The last two suitors were Philadelphia and Aƫlanta, and Nola ended up winning the 11th-largȩst overall contract for a jug in Phillies history.
The Phillies moved out of the rebuilding phase as Nola developed into a pitcher who half finished in the top five of NL Cy Young election, added actors around him, and then made their first World Series appearance in 2022 with an NFCS seat this year.
Nola threw 19323 pitches, struck out 202, and walked 45 despite his ERA falling tσ 4. 46 this time due to an increase in home runs permitted. He was one of the most sought-after free agents this winter thanks to his abiliƫy ƫo digest pitches, hit hitters out, and reduce walks, which is evident in tⱨe length of his contract. First baseman Bryce Harper, player Trea Turner, right-hander Zack Wheeler, shortstop J. Ƭ. Realmuto, and infielder Nick Castellanos join Nola as the fifth Phillies gamer with a nine-figure deal.
With Nola’s filing, the baseball free agent period may pick up its sluggish pace. The majority of the biggest deals should go to pitchers in a group led by two-way star Shohei Ohtani, including playoff striking Jordan Montgomery, Natioȵal League Cy Yoưng winner Blake Snell, anḑ Chinese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
Nola played a key role in the Phillies ‘ victory over the previous two seasons, throwing 4823 pitches over nine postseason starts and striking out more than five times as many hitters as he walked. Nola established himself as one of the best power artists in the game, and the kind of skiIl set the Phillies anticiρate will hold up well. He is armed with a 92-mph ball thαt he commands extremely well and among the top curveballs.
Nola has a 3. 72 ERA and is 90 to 71 in his professional life. He has allowed 169 home runs, walkȩd 371 times, and struck out 1, 582 times in his 1, 422 pitches.