Phillies Should Hold Onto Aaron Nola

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Aaron Nola’s time in Philadelphia has been well-received amongst Phillies fans. However, in recent years, Aaron Nola’s numbers have been questionable for the player that was considered a top-10 pitcher in baseball. There could be a case that the Phillies could trade Nola this offseason. The question is, is it a smart idea for them to do so? I believe the answer is no, the Phillies should not trade Aaron Nola.

Nola’s Numbers

Ever since he was called up in 2015, Nola has been one of the best pitchers for the Phillies organization. For the past seven years, he has a career record of, 67-48, 3.67 ERA, 1141 strikeouts, and has let up a total of 415 runs throughout his career. During the 2018 season, Nola was putting up the best numbers of his career, ending that season in contention for the National League Cy Young award. However, the previous seasons, excluding the 2020 60 game season, were not his best. However, even if it wasn’t his best, Nola was still the best option for the Phillies starting rotation at the time.

The 2021 season, was the worst season since his sophomore season back in 2016. However, I don’t believe that this means that the Phillies have to panic and abandon Nola. When Nola is at his best, he is a very efficient pitcher. Yes, this season he did struggle, he didn’t pitch particularly well compared to the efficiency he usually pitches at. However, to abandon one of your best pitchers this soon would not be a smart idea.

Why the Phillies Should Keep Nola

At the end of the day, Aaron Nola is one of the best pitchers in the Phillies’ starting rotation. It wouldn’t be smart to trade him. If the Phillies trade Aaron Nola, they have to have 100% complete confidence that Zack Wheeler is going to perform as efficiently as he did this season, for the next few years. Besides Wheeler and Nola, there isn’t a whole lot of great pitchers in the Phillies rotation, guys like Eflin and Gibson are solid, but they are not pitchers that are going to benefit your rotation.

If the Phillies want to have any type of success, they have to hold onto Nola so that way they can still have a relevant bullpen. The only way the Phillies would trade Nola, is if they got an offer that they couldn’t refuse. Other than that, the Phillies have to rely on Nola and hope he can return to his prime form so he can help this Phillies team succeed.

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