Aaron Nola was only a free agent for a few weeks before deciding he was ready to return to Philadelphia.
Phillies fans got an exciting update on Sunday when ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that Aaron Nola has signed a massive extension with the team that will keep him with the club for the remainder of the decade.
Aaron Nola Contract
According to Passan, Nola and the Phillies have agreed to a seven-year, $172 million contract that is still pending a physical, which Nola will undergo on Sunday.
Per a previous report from Bob Nightengale, contract extension talks had been gaining steam over the past few days, making a deal all but inevitable. Nola originally wanted a seven-year, $210 million deal, while Philadelphia countered with a six-year, $150 million deal. Sure enough, they met in the middle at $172 million.
It's not surprising that Nola was willing to take a bit of a discount to stay with the Phillies. Not only are they the only MLB organization he's ever played for, but they're also legitimate contenders after reaching the NLCS in each of the last two seasons. Nola also made comments last month about wanting to stay in Philadelphia beyond 2023, tipping his hand before negotiations even started.
This is obviously great news for the Phillies, as they won't need to replace their ace in the offseason if they keep Nola. There were signs that the team was willing to move on from him, but thankfully they came to their senses and avoided a potential breakup.
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