(Philadelphia) Pitcher Aaron Nola is returning to a seven-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Sunday because the contract is subject to a physical evaluation. Multiple media outlets reported that the right-hander’s deal would allow him to pocket $172 million.
Nola is the first big-name starting pitcher to leave this year’s free agent roster. This group includes Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Nola, 30, was a first-round pick of the Phillies in the 2014 draft. He made his debut with the team the following year and has spent his entire career in Philadelphia.
Nola has proven to be one of the most durable pitchers in baseball – a valuable commodity with the modern pressures placed on the Major League Baseball bullpen. He also has good playoff experience.
Nola has made at least 32 starts and pitched at least 180 2/3 innings in five of the last six years — with the exception of the 2020 season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nola had a 12-9 record with a 4.46 ERA in 32 starts with the Phillies this year, finishing with 202 strikeouts and 193 2/3 innings pitched.
Nola helped the Phillies secure a playoff berth in 2023 and went 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA in four postseason starts. The Philadelphia team was eliminated by the Arizona Diamondbacks during the National Championship Series.
Nola made five postseason starts as the Phillies reached the World Series in 2022. He finished his postseason with a 2-2 record and a 4.91 ERA.
Nola has a 90-71 record and a 3.72 ERA in 235 career starts over nine major league seasons. He struck out 1,582 batters in 1,422 innings pitched.