Phillies Will Regret Extending Aaron Nola
Philadelphia Phillies signed pitcher Aaron Nola to a seven-year, $172 million extension on Sunday.
The deal suggests that 30-year-old Nola is likely to spend his entire career with the Phillies.
The team celebrated the signing with positive tweets, but not everyone agrees it was a wise use of money.
Nola's supporters highlight his impressive 2023 stats, such as 193.2 innings pitched and 202 strikeouts, ranking fifth and eighth in the National League.
They also point out his strong performance in the first three postseason starts, where he allowed only two earned runs over 18.2 innings.
However, critics note Nola's challenges, including giving up the third-most home runs (32) and having the third-worst ERA (4.46) among qualifying starting pitchers.
A crucial moment came in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series when Nola struggled, contributing to the Phillies' 5-1 loss to Arizona.
Over nine seasons, Nola has not consistently met the expectations set by his high draft pick in 2014, except for his standout year in 2018.