The Philadelphia Phillies have just agreed to a four-year, $45 million contract extension with RHP Aaron Nola. The team-friendly deal includes a club-option for the 2023 season which would pay Nola $16 million. The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher could possibly have seen a bigger pay day through arbitration, however this deal affords more security for a pitcher that has worked through elbow problems in previous years. “It just felt right for me at this time,” Nola told the press, “I don’t play specifically for the money. I play for the love of the game. I play for my teammates. I’m not just here to play for the money. I’m here to win.”
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) February 13, 2019
General Manager Matt Klentak seems to echo that “here to win” mentality with his evaluation of the club’s off-season moves. J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, and David Robertson were all welcome additions to the roster. “This is exciting,” said Klentak. “We have gone through several lean years. We did that to put ourselves in a position to later compete and make aggressive moves to put us into contention.”
No further rumors of a Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado signing have been confirmed or denied through the press conferences of the general manager.
The fans in Philadelphia would be remiss if they did not point out the parallels between the current Phillies and 76ers’ “Process” across the street. If Klentak is to be believed, the Phillies could be the next process to trust.
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