By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Phillies reached a four-year extension with starting pitcher Aaron Nola on Wednesday morning. He will receive $45 million over those four years.
This deal with Nola includes a fifth-year option.
The Phillies avoided arbitration with Nola by striking this deal. The fifth-year option is for $16 million, or a $4.25 million buyout.
This covers the first two years of free agency.
The 25-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana native is entering his fifth season with the Phillies. He is coming off the best season of his career.
Nola went a 17-6 in 2018 in 33 starts. He also had a 2.37 ERA in 212 1/3 innings, while allowing 57 runs (56 earned runs), including 17 home runs on 149 hits.
He also struck our 224 batters and walked 58.
Nola was one of three candidates for the National League Cy Young at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The award went to New York Mets ace Jacob DeGrom.
In his last four seasons, Nola is 41-28 with a 3.35 ERA in 93 starts. He allowed 223 runs (212 earned runs), including 56 home runs, on 493 hits over 596 innings.
He also struck out 597 batters and walked 155 walks.
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