With Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the Phillies’ attention is now on the playoff push. Even though the postseason is rapidly approaching, some Philly supporters have already started thinking about the offseason.
Regardless of how the Phillies perform from here on out, there are bound to be players who won’t be back on the 2024 roster. It’s just the nature of the business, especially as some contributors are bound to underperform down the stretch or demand too much money in free agency.
Based on how certain players have performed thus far, it’s already certain which ones shouldn’t return to the City of Brotherly Love next year.
Here’s a look at three Phillies who’ll be gone following the 2023 MLB season.
Phillies Who Won’t Be Back in 2024
1. Aaron Nola
It’s hard to imagine a world where Aaron Nola isn’t wearing a Phillies jersey. The 30-year-old starting pitcher has been with the club since being taken seventh overall in 2014 and has started at least 32 games in each of the four previous 162-game seasons.
Nevertheless, Nola will hit the open market at the end of the season and will be one of the more prominent free-agent names. While remaining in Philadelphia is an option, fans aren’t too optimistic considering that the team and player ceased extension negotiations earlier this year.
There’s no doubt that the former all-star hurler will see his fair share of suitors this offseason. He’s been consistent for the majority of his career, pitching to an 87-69 record and 3.69 ERA in 225 career starts, racking up three top-10 NL Cy Young finishes along the way.
There’s bound to be a team willing to overpay for those numbers, especially if he has a strong finish to the season.
Nola has given the organization and fanbase nearly 10 years of his career. If he wants to cash in on a big free-agency payday elsewhere, don’t be surprised if the Phillies let him test the waters.