Breaking: Aaron Nola Signs 7-Year Extention

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola tips his hat after being relieved during the sixth inning of Game 3 of a baseball NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Late Sunday morning the news broke that Aaron Nola has signed a 7-year extension with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nola’s deal is reportedly worth $172 million per Jeff Passan of ESPN and will take him through his age-37 season.

Southern Born, Philly Raised

Drafted in the first round by the Phillies in 2014, Aaron Nola has been the longest-tenured member of the club. This is the second extension Nola signed with the Phils, after agreeing to terms on a four-year extension heading into the 2019 season.

There has been much debate over the years about whether the right-hander from Baton Rouge is a true “ace” in Major League baseball. Regardless of where you land on that debate, the Phillies are paying Nola to be one and will expect ace-level performance over the course of this deal.

Aaron’s return confirms that he will be a Phillie for another chapter in his career. In a day and age where athletes seem to move from city to city with increasing frequency, it is a happy feeling to see his return to Philly.

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning in Game 2 of the baseball NL Championship Series in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Aaron Nola’s Career Numbers

In his 9 seasons with the Phillies, Aaron Nola is 90-71 with a 3.72 ERA.

Making his Major League debut in 2015, Aaron has been an ironman for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is 7th all-time in WAR by a Phillies pitcher, is 7th all-time in games started by a Phillies pitcher, and 5th all-time in strikeouts. With this new deal, I would expect him to continue to rise in the all-time ranks.

Nola has been brilliant in the post-season as well. He has a 5-3 record with a 3.70 earned run average and 50 strikeouts in 9 career playoff starts.

He has finished in the top 7 for the National League Cy Young 3 times, is a 1x All-Star, and has led Major League Baseball in innings pitched over the last three seasons combined.

I expect big things from Aaron Nola to take place in this 7-year deal with the Phillies. Hopefully, the pinnacle is a World Series championship.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)