Philadelphia Phillies In Talks For Long-Term Extension With Star Pitcher

It's contract season for the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Aaron Nola have reportedly started negotiations on a long-term contract extension, according to The Athletic's Matt Gelb.

Nola is currently set to earn $16 million this year after the Phillies exercised his club option, but he could potentially command a deal worth over $200 million if he hits free agency next winter.

Nola has expressed his desire to remain with the Phillies for the foreseeable future and has set a deadline of Opening Day for negotiations to be completed.

Gelb notes that there appears to be momentum for an agreement to be reached sometime this spring. Nola, who is 29 years old, was a key contributor to the Phillies' success last season, posting a stellar 3.25 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 235:29 K:BB across 205 regular-season innings and 32 starts.

Over his eight-year, all spent with the Phillies, the twenty-nine-year-old has compiled a solid 3.60 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, with 1,380 strikeouts across 1,228 innings and 203 starts.

He's finished top-10 in Cy-Young voting three times, but has yet to take home the award.