Phillies pick up Aaron Nola’s option for 2023
The Philadelphia Phillies have picked up Aaron Nola’s $18M option for the 2023 season, according to Jon Heyman.
Aaron Nola Returns to Philadelphia for 2023
Nola is the longest-tenured player on this Phillies team, and he will be returning for his 9th season. The ace will become an unrestricted free agent in 2024, but you’d have to assume that the Phillies will work on a long-term deal with Nola before that time comes.
Aaron Nola has a career 3.60 ERA with the Phillies, with over 1,200 innings in red pinstripes. He’s totaled 1,380 strikeouts to just 326 walks in his career, equaling out to a 4.2 K/BB, one of the highest in all of baseball.
Nola had a great regular season for the Phillies, throwing 205 innings, the most in all of baseball. He finished with an 11-13 record and a 6.0 WAR, logging a 3.25 ERA and 235 Ks.
Aaron got his first crack at playoff baseball in 2022 but didn’t pitch as well as he’d liked. His playoffs started off great, throwing an absolute gem out in St. Louis and at Citizens Bank Park vs. Atlanta. It all went downhill after that, which you’d have to assume has something to do with the status of Nola’s arm. He allowed 14 earned runs vs. San Diego and Houston in three starts in just 13 innings.
Locking up Nola for the upcoming season was a high priority heading into the offseason, and the Phillies will now look to fill some upcoming holes in the team, including shortstop and bullpen.