Nola, Phillies agree to $45M, 4-year deal, avoid arbitration

Nola, Phillies agree to $45M, 4-year deal, avoid arbitration
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego. Top contenders for the NL Cy Young Award square off when Nola and the Phillies face Max Scherzer and the Nationals in their series finale Thursday, Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) (Gregory Bull)

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $45 million, four-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for this week.

The 25-year-old right-hander set career bests last year when he was a first-time All-Star, going 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2021 season.

Under a deal announced Wednesday, Nola gets a $2 million signing bonus, $4 million this year, $8 million in 2020, $11.75 million in 2021 and $15 million in 2022. Philadelphia has a $16 million team option for 2023 with a $4.25 million buyout.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, he had asked for a raise from $573,000 to $6.75 million. The Phillies had offered $4.5 million.

Among the more than 175 players who were eligible for arbitration this year, Nola is the first to get a deal of more than one guaranteed season. Arizona left-hander T.J. MacFarland and Milwaukee catcher Manny Pina agreed to contracts that included 2020 club options.

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