Veteran Pitcher Aaron Nola Draws Interest from NL Teams in Free Agency
After a successful stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, veteran pitcher Aaron Nola is now entering free agency for the first time. And it seems like he’s already catching the eye of some National League teams.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams showing early interest in Nola this offseason. Both teams are hoping to lure him away from the Phillies and add him to their roster.
Phillies Offer Nola a Qualifying Offer
The Phillies have made a qualifying offer of $20.3 million for the 2024 season to Nola, giving him until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to make a decision. This offer gives Nola the option to either accept it and stay with the Phillies for another year or decline it and explore his options in free agency.
With a strong track record and impressive stats, Nola is sure to be a hot commodity in the free agent market. It will be interesting to see which team he ultimately chooses to join for the upcoming season. Stay tuned for updates on Nola’s decision.
Veteran Pitcher Aaron Nola Drawing Interest from Braves and Cardinals in Free Agency
Nola’s First Time in Free Agency
After nine seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, veteran starting pitcher Aaron Nola is entering free agency for the first time. And it seems like he’s already a hot commodity, with two National League teams expressing interest in signing him away from the Phillies.
Braves and Cardinals Interested
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams showing early interest in Nola this offseason. Both teams are hoping to add the talented pitcher to their rosters for the upcoming season.
Phillies’ Qualifying Offer
The Phillies have made Nola a qualifying offer worth $20.3 million for the 2024 season. However, he has until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to decide whether he will accept it. It is expected that he will reject the offer in hopes of securing a multiyear deal, and if he signs with another team, the Phillies will receive a compensatory draft pick.
Phillies Want to Keep Nola
Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has expressed his desire to keep Nola on the team, saying “We love him.” He also acknowledged that if Nola does leave, the team will need to find a quality replacement for him in the starting rotation.
Braves Could Be a Good Fit
While the Braves have been Nola’s biggest rival during his time with the Phillies, it seems like they could be a good fit for him in free agency. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Nola is close with Braves pitching coach Rich Kranitz, who previously worked with the Phillies and could potentially lure Nola to Atlanta.
Nola’s Performance in 2021
Nola had a down year in 2021, finishing with a 12-9 record, a 4.46 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and 202 strikeouts in 193.2 innings. However, he is still a reliable starter and will likely be one of the most sought-after pitchers on the market this winter.
Don’t Miss Out on Nola’s Next Move
As Nola’s free agency decision looms, make sure to stay tuned for updates on where he will end up next. With his talent and experience, he is sure to make a big impact on whichever team he chooses to sign with.