MLB: Aaron Nola will stay with the Philadelphia Phillies
Just days after their World Series elimination, the Philadelphia Phillies kicked off their offseason with an easy decision. According to Jon Heyman of New York Postthe team exercised the $16 million option in pitcher Aaron Nola’s contract to keep the pitching ace in Philly.
Aged 29, Nola will therefore be a free agent at the end of the next season. He made his major league debut in 2015 with the Phillies.
Nola finished last season with an 11-13 record, a 3.25 ERA and 235 strikeouts. He’s been the Phillies’ opener starting pitcher for the past five seasons.
The right-hander also showed a record of two wins and two losses in the playoffs. His performances fell short of expectations, however, as Nola concluded the playoffs with a 4.91 ERA. Still, the Phillies were just two wins away from taking top honors against the Houston Astros.
Severino back in the Bronx
The New York Yankees took advantage of the $15 million option in the contract of pitcher Luis Severino. The right-hander will therefore return to the Bronx next season and will be a free agent in 2024.
The New York Yankees general manager had mentioned a few days ago that the decision to extend Severino’s contract through his contract option would be an easy decision.
« I haven’t spoken to anyone about it yet, but he’s a really important pitcher for us, » Cashman said last Friday when asked if the Yankees intended to exercise the contract option of Severino. “So the answer to that would be a simple yes. »
Severino, 28, went 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts last season, his seventh with the Yankees. The right-hander has missed most of the previous three seasons with serious right shoulder and right elbow injuries. This last injury required a Tommy John type operation.