3 Moves Phillies Should Make Next After Aaron Nola Extension

We got our ace back, but there's still work to do.
3 moves the Philadelphia Phillies still need to make after extending Aaron Nola.
3 moves the Philadelphia Phillies still need to make after extending Aaron Nola. / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Extend Zack Wheeler

If Philadelphia doesn't splurge on a marquee pitcher, it should pivot and give that money to Zack Wheeler instead.

With Nola re-signed, Wheeler deserves an extension as well. He's been better and more consistent than Nola over the past few seasons, going 43-25 with a 3.06 ERA and a 5.0 K/BB ratio since joining the Phillies in 2020.

Wheeler has also been incredibly clutch in the postseason, often saving his best for October. In 11 playoff appearances (10 starts), he has a 2.42 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.

That's the type of pitcher you want at the top of your rotation and on the mound during the biggest games of the year.

Wheeler is going to be a free agent after 2024, however, and Philadelphia doesn't want to lose him for nothing. Trading him is obviously out of the question right now with the team competing for a championship in 2024, so the team would be better off extending him to keep its title window open for a few more years.

The veteran right-hander is already 33, but that's not terribly old for a pitcher. He's been durable and effective for six straight seasons now and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Extending pitchers is always risky, but Wheeler is worth the gamble.

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