The 2024 season has not even begun and the Atlanta Braves already took a major loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Braves had reportedly been in hot pursuit of Aaron Nola. Jeff Passan from ESPN reported that the Braves were “a real threat” to land his services. Instead, Nola will remain in Philadelphia, signing a seven year deal worth $172 million.
Philadelphia Phillies make first major move of offseason
The Phillies have proven to be a thorn in the Braves side over the past two years. They were the team to oust them from the postseason, keeping the Braves from first repeating, and then returning, to the World Series. Their battles on and off the diamond help fuel what may be the most competitive division in the majors. If nothing else, this will help add to their rivalry.
Nola has been a key part of the Phillies’ success. He has posted a lifetime 3.72 ERA and a 1.129 WHiP over his 1422 innings, striking out 1582 batters with 371 walks. Nola has been even better against the Braves, posting a 3.40 ERA and a 1.137 WHiP in his 206.2 innings against them. In retaining Nola, the Phillies not only kept the Braves from adding another top of the rotation starter, but also kept someone who has dominated them.
This may be the beginning of the offseason as well. While there have been minor signings and trades, none of the bigger names have moved. That changes with Nola, someone that should be considered one of the top five players available. His deal may set the bar going forward and get free agency to begin in earnest.
The Philadelphia Phillies have kept Aaron Nola from the Atlanta Braves. The 2024 season hasn’t even begun and they are giving the Braves an L.