The Phillies officially announced Aaron Nola’s seven-year, $172 million deal, and it is a price that Joe DeCamara is fine with paying to keep Nola with the only organization he has ever known.
“It’s less than I expected,” Joe said. “Not the $172 million, but the price per year. “I thought there was a reasonable chance he got five years at $170 million…to be able to get the extra two years…you committed at the same price you may have gotten him for five years.”
Joe brought up his concerns about Nola’s ERA in two of the last three years, as he posted a 4.63 ERA in 2021 before pitching to a 4.46 ERA in 2023. But his durability (he has made as least 32 starts every year since 2018, not counting the shortened 2020 season) and his playoff experience are all reasons to make Nola a Phillie for life, so Joe has no complaints.