The Philadelphia Phillies locked their right-hand pitcher Aaron Nola to a new deal. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Nola agreed to a seven-year, $172 million contract that will keep him in Philly through the 2030 MLB season.
The Phillies confirmed the agreement on their social media but didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal.
Nola had an up-and-down 2023 season that saw him start 32 games and go 12-9 with a 4.46 ERA and 202 strikeouts. He still reportedly received a lot of attention on the free agent market, with the Atlanta Braves being a strong candidate to poach him out of Philadelphia.
Eventually, the Phillies didn’t want to lose a key piece of their rotation and decided to step up their offer to bring the deal over the finishing line. The result was Nola receiving the biggest contract for a pitcher in the franchise’s history.
Aaron Nola joined the Phillies organization in 2014 as a seventh overall draft pick. After one year in the minors, Nola received his MLB debut and never looked back. He has a career record of 90–71 with a 3.72 ERA and 1,582 strikeouts. He was an All-Star in 2018 and received an All-MLB Second Team nod in 2022.
“When I step on that mound on Opening Day at the Bank, in the city I have grown to love, it will be a great honor,” said Nola in a letter posted on The Players Tribune. “I came to Philadelphia as a kid from Baton Rouge who’d never experienced life in a big city. And for a minute, when I was standing on that sidewalk, wet from getting splashed by a bus, it looked like a lot to me. But I can now say that I’m a better person because of Philadelphia, my teammates, and the people I have surrounded myself with.”