TAMPA — Luis Severino was curious. “What did he get?” the Yankees ace asked when I told him Aaron Nola had signed a four-year extension Wednesday with the Phillies.
The answer was $45 million with the chance to make $56.75 million over five years. Severino’s request was not merely driven by baseball curiosity.
Nola was due in an arbitration hearing at the Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg on Thursday before the multi-year pact erased the need. Severino, though, is due in the same room Friday.
Nola and Severino share more than that, though. Both first reached the majors in 2015 and have finished third for a Cy Young. Nola has a career record of 41-28, Severino 41-25. The two have posted nearly the same per-nine-inning average in hits, walks and strikeouts. Nola’s service time tips beyond three seasons while Severino’s is not quite there. Thus, Nola would have gone to free agency a year earlier (had he not signed this pact) and his bulk numbers — due largely to eight more career starts — have an edge.
But broadly known now — by the Yankees and Severino — is a general framework to get a long-term deal done. The ballpark is Nola, probably a drop less. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported such discussions have been broached. Severino told me not yet. General manager Brian Cashman and one of Severino’s representatives, Nelson Montes de Oca, declined to discuss long-term talks with the righty.