Action News caught up with Aaron Nola one day after he and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a four-year, $45 million contract.
Phillies Star Aaron Nola went from being a little kid who was told he wasn’t good enough to play by his own brother to playing like 1 of the BEST pitchers in baseball!— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) February 14, 2019
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"This is pretty surreal and special for me," the pitcher said Thursday, a day after agreeing to the deal. "I love it here. I love the city of Philadelphia. I want to be a part of this organization -- a winning organization."
Rhys Hoskins doing lots of extra work by himself at 1B— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) February 14, 2019
⚾️ Hoskins is back at his natural position & feels more comfortable but Hoskins is working on reading & playing ground balls again + footwork#RhysHoskins has played 525 GMs at ALL Levels at 1B vs 168 in LF@6abc#Phillies pic.twitter.com/6J4jOEc0H7
"I'm not just here for the money, I'm here to win," added Nola.
His contract includes a 2023 club option that could make the deal worth $56.75 million over five years.
As far as Manny Machado and Bryce Harper joining the team, general manager Matt Klentak tells Action News he has no idea when that decision will be made.
Phillies starter Jake Arrieta says he is optimistic the Phillies will get either Harper or Machado.
👀 Phillies starter Jake Arrieta says he is optimistic the #Phillies will get either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) February 14, 2019
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The Phillies will take on the Braves in their 2019 home opener on March 28.