Aaron Nola will remain a Philadelphia Phillies player for a long while.
Nola and the Phillies have agreed on a seven-year, $172 million contract, the team announced Monday. A former first round pick by the Phillies in 2024, Nola was set to become a free agent until Sunday’s new broke across multiple media outlets including USA Today Sports and ESPN.
“At the outset of this offseason, we made signing Aaron our top priority,” Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “We are committed to winning, and having an individual like him in our uniform for years to come only helps us in that regard. Aaron has proven to be one of the best and most durable pitchers in our game for a number of years now, and when considering his leadership abilities and his character, it was very important for us to keep him a part of the Phillies family.”
His new contract keeps him in Philadelphia through the 2030 season, with Nola earning an average of $24.5 million each season.
The 30-year-old made his MLB debut in 2015 for the Phillies and has been a consistent performer for the team over his first nine seasons. Nola’s best season came in 2018, where he recorded a 17-6 record and a 2.37 ERA.
He is coming off a strong postseason with the Phillies despite having a 4.46 ERA during 32 regular season appearances. Nola went 3-1 for the Phillies during the 2023 MLB Playoffs, registering 23 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched.
The Phillies reached the National League Championship Series before suffering elimination at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nola’s return is a major win for the Phillies, who already have Bryce Harper and Trea Turner signed to respective long-term deals of their own. The combination of Zack Wheeler and Nola in the Phillies rotation would not only one of the best in the NL, but also in the whole of the MLB.