Contract Update: Aaron Nola, Phillies can’t agree on extension, will resume talks at the end of the season
Alex Coffey from the Inky gave us a quick update this morning from Dave Dombrowski on the Philadelphia Phillies contract extension talks with Aaron Nola.
Alex Coffey on Dave Dombrowski, Aaron Nola Contract Extensions
Back in mid-February, the Phillies started contract negotiations with Nola’s camp, with hopes to lock him up for the future rather than having their Opening Day starter become a free agent after this season.
Aaron Nola signed a 4 year / $45 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019, including a $2 million signing bonus, $45 million guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $11.25 million.
In 2023, Nola will earn a base salary of $16 million while carrying a total salary of $16 million.
Nola bounced back last year after posting a less than stellar 4.63 ERA in 2021. He responded with a 3.25 ERA while striking out 235 and walking just 29. It was Nola’s fourth full season in a row that he made at least 32 starts and is one of the MLB’s best workhorses over the last five seasons, tallying nearly 872 innings pitched.
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. Aaron Nola has a career 29.9 WAR and holds the highest WAR in one season by a Phillies’ pitcher in the entire 2000s (9.2, 2018).
Last season, Nola bounced back after a shaky 2021 campaign, 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.
Look, obviously the update above from Dombrowski doesn’t sound too promising but it’s still early and we have a full season of baseball ahead of us so there’s no reason to panic just yet.
Seems like a good bargaining play from both Nola and the Phillies organization.
”We had good communication with the Phillies,” said Nola’s agent, Joe Longo. “We just couldn’t agree at this time. We’ll pick up the conversation again at the end of the season.”