Major League Baseball’s stovepipe is open. Aaron Nola signed for a huge contract, as expected, and the price of starting pitching is set to skyrocket. This is also good news for Ryu Hyun-jin.
The Philadelphia Phillies have made their first big move of the offseason, according to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. They agreed to a seven-year, $172 million contract with right-hander Aaron Nola,” MLB.com reported.
Nola, along with Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix) and Blake Snell, was labeled as the top starting pitcher in this free agent market. He made his debut with the Phillies in 2015 and served as a one-club man. In 235 career major league appearances, he has a 90-71 record with a 3.72 ERA.
In 2023, Nola went 12-9 with a 4.46 ERA in 32 games and 193⅔ innings. In 2018, he went 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA and finished third in the Cy Young Award. 토토사이트
MLB.com reports that he has an annual average value of $24.57 million. Major League Traders (MTR) and the Athletics got it right. MTR predicted six years and $150 million, and The Athletic predicted five years and $125 million.
However, Nola reportedly turned down the bigger money to stay in Philadelphia. MLB Network reporter John Heyman said, “Nola met with other teams. He was offered more money, but he wanted the Phillies. The Phillies and Nola love each other,” he said on social media.
MLB.com predicted that Nola’s signing would have a positive impact on starting pitching, saying, “Snell, Yamamoto, Jordan Montgomery, Sonny Gray and the other starters left on the market must be smiling.
MLB.com reported that “The Atlanta Braves were close to signing Nola. Atlanta is expected to make a big splash this offseason. They missed out on Nola, so they’re going to try harder to land another starting pitcher.