One of the top young pitchers in baseball has been rewarded for his work with a new deal.
Right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola has agreed to a four year, $45 million dollar contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies. The deal includes a club option for a fifth year.
The specifics of Nola’s deal include a $2 million signing bonus, and salaries of $4 million, $8 million, $11.75 million, and $15 million in the coming seasons, ending in the 2022 season. The Phillies will then have the option to pay Nola a $16 million salary in the 2023 season or pay a $4.25 million buyout to void the option.
Nola cemented himself as one of the best young pitchers in baseball in a stellar 2018 season. The former first round pick started 33 games for the Phillies and compiled a stellar 2.37 ERA. He finished the season with 17 wins and only 6 losses.
The right-handed pitcher is only 25 years old, and his new deal with Philadelphia assures that his prime years will be spent with the Phillies.
The Phillies and GM Matt Klentak are thrilled to have been able to keep Nola, who finished in 3rd place in NL Cy Young Voting for 2018, under team control for at least the next four seasons.
Nola will be looking to lead Philadelphia to its first playoff berth since the 2011 season this year. The MLB season starts in just a month and a half.