This morning, it was announced that the Philadelphia Phillies and P Aaron Nola had come to terms on a contract extension.
Oh, Boy! How much was it for? It must’ve been something like 8 years and close to $100 million right?
No. Four years, $45 million. What?
Who represents Aaron Nola? Because whoever it is should be fired.
$45 million dollars? That’s IT??!?!? Aaron Nola is fresh off of a season where he threw 212.1 innings, had a 2.37 ERA, 0.975 WHIP, 9.5 K’s per 9, and a 175 ERA+. He finished third in the NL Cy Young voting and has only improved each season since entering the league.
Oh, and he’s only 25.
How, in any world, is a pitcher who is only 25 years old, one that’s undeniably a top 5 pitcher in the national league, set to make $11.25 million for the next 4 years?
Why would Nola take this deal? Why would the Phillies even offer it? Nola could’ve had himself set for the next 6 years and made upwards of $15 mil each year, but instead takes a lowball offer that will pay him less than Alex Cobb. It’s stupid.
For instance, Sonny Gray signed a 3-year, $30.5-million contract earlier this offseason. He is 29 and coming off of an atrocious season, but his AAV is only $1 mil less than what Aaron goddamn Nola is going to be making.
It makes zero sense. Maybe Nola wants to hit the open market during his prime and make some real long-term money, which I can understand. But, if that’s the case, why not get more money, now? Maybe he’s just the dumbest man alive, maybe he just really likes the organization and wanted a super team-friendly deal.
Any way you look at it, Nola got his lunch taken by the boys in the front office in Philly.
Mike Leake will make more money than Aaron Nola in 2019, so will Mike Minor. Cole Hamels will make double what he makes, as will Wei Yin Chen. Yes, Wei Yin Chen will be making $20 million next year, while Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola is being paid $4 million.
Wake me up in 2023 when this deal runs out.
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