Nola Stays in Philly, Phillies Still in On Yamamoto Lottery

Aaron Nola was already one of the club’s most successful homegrown starters, mainly because he came to the majors at age 22 in 2015. Over his career in Philly, he has been labeled as a workhorse. Nola once shared a rotation with Cole Hamels, albeit for ten days. Now, he is considered the veteran who could hopefully usher in Andrew Painter. Other teams showed significant interest in Nola because he is dependable in an era where the workhorse is considered an endangered species. Aaron Nola stays in Philly and will be with the Phillies for the foreseeable future.

The signing works for both sides. Nola likes consistency, and the Phillies are familiar and comfortable for him. This past Sunday, Aaron was rewarded with a seven-year, $172 million contract, making Nola the wealthiest pitcher in Phillies history. The two sides reached common ground on a contract they probably should have signed last spring training. Nola’s $24.6 million AAV is the 23rd highest in MLB history for a starting pitcher. Currently, it is the eighth-highest current AAV for a starting pitcher. The others include Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Rodón, and Chris Sale. Look at the age and durability of most of these other pitchers.

This contract granted Nola his preferred length while the Phillies kept the average annual value in their range. Other clubs made offers to Nola, and apparently, Aaron Nola left money on the table to stay with his original team.

Phillies Still After Yamamoto

Even after re-signing Nola to a seven-year, $172 million deal, the Phillies are apparently not done building their rotation. Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto was officially posted on Monday, and the Phillies are still interested. Rumors have the Phillies “still in the market” for Yamamoto. The rumors indicate that the Phillies plan to be “pretty aggressive” in pursuing the 25-year-old phenom.  Zolecki reported that Bryce Harper is participating in the team’s recruitment of Yamamoto. That includes a cameo in a promotional video made for Yamamoto’s camp.

Yamamoto is a five-time All-Star, a three-time ERA champion, and a two-time Triple Crown champion in NPB. Last year, he won the Pacific League’s equivalents of the MVP and Cy Young Awards. What a massive boost to the starting rotation this would be. If the Phillies landed Yamamoto, he’d form quite a rotation alongside Zack Wheeler, Nola, and Ranger Suárez.

Tendering Contracts and Arbitration

The Phillies agreed to 2024 contracts ranging from $850,000 to $1 million with backup catcher Garrett Stubbs, reserve outfielder Jake Cave, and long reliever Dylan Covey ahead of Friday’s non-tender deadline.

The Phils tendered contracts to Alec Bohm, Jeff Hoffman, Edmundo Sosa, Gregory Soto, and Ranger Suarez, all five of whom are eligible for salary arbitration. This is the final arbitration year for Hoffman, who is set for free agency after 2024. Suarez, Soto, and Cave have two years left. Next year will be the first for Bryson Stott, Brandon Marsh and Cristian Pache. Teams must exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players by January 12. However, the sides can avoid arbitration at any point before that, and they frequently do.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.