Fortunately for Philadelphia Phillies fans, Aaron Nola isn't going anywhere. The Phillies re-signed Nola to a seven-year, $172 million contract on Sunday.
Even better for the Phillies, they were able to get a bit of a hometown discount on Nola based on a recent report by Jon Heyman.
Heyman reported that Nola met with other teams and received higher offers prior to re-signing with Philadelphia. However, he was ultimately willing to accept less money to remain with the Phillies.
According to an earlier report from Bob Nightengale, Nola was originally seeking a seven-year, $210 million deal. Philadelphia offered him six years and $150 million before ultimately coming up to seven years and $172 million.
Given Nola's track record and postseason success, it wouldn't be surprising if other teams offered him closer to $200 million. Fortunately for the Phillies, they had a couple of advantages working in their favor during the negotiations.
The big one was that Nola had already expressed a desire to remain in Philadelphia, which reduced some of his leverage from the get-go. Nola was drafted and developed by the Phillies and has spent his whole career with the organization, so he wasn't too interested in joining a new team and uprooting his family, especially with him and his wife expecting their first child in April.
Philadelphia is also on the cusp of a championship, which not too many other teams can say. Nola hasn't won a World Series yet, but staying with the Phillies gives him a great chance to finally earn a ring.
It says a lot about Nola's commitment and loyalty to Philadelphia that he was willing to sacrifice millions of dollars to remain with the club. Hopefully the team rewards that loyalty with a championship soon.
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