Aaron Nola remains with the Philadelphia Phillies for the foreseeable future.
Nola and the Phillies agreed to a seven-year contract extension Sunday, the team announced. The pitcher was one of the biggest names on the free agent market, but decided to stay in Philadelphia. His contract is reportedly worth $172 million.
“At the beginning of this offseason, we made signing Aaron our top priority,” Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “We are determined to win, 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 several years now, and given his leadership abilities and character, it was very important for us to keep him in the family of the Phillies.”
Philadelphia selected Nola 7th overall in the 2014 MLB Draft. He debuted with the Phillies in July 2015 and became a mainstay in the rotation.
He had a 4.46 ERA in 32 appearances this season along with 202 strikeouts. This is the third year in a row that he has struck out at least 200 batters. He finished fourth in voting for the 2022 National League Cy Young Award.
Now that Nola is locked up, there are only a few big-name pitchers left on the market. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Eduardo Rodriguez are among those expected to land big contracts. Shohei Ohtani is also on the market, but he likely won’t be relegated to pinch-hitting until 2024 due to an arm injury.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.