David Murphy: Phillies take a big but manageable risk on Aaron Nola and position themselves to improve elsewhere

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

A fair deal. That’s what the Phillies got themselves. That’s what they gave to Aaron Nola. A smart deal? That requires a little more thought. About biology. About physiology. About roster philosophy. About a slew of other factors — some known, some unknown, some impossible to know. To make matters even more complex, all of these variables are dependent on the time horizon you set for yourself. Here is what we know as of Sunday: The Phillies have committed to paying Nola an average salary of $24.6 million through his 37-year-old season. That’s seven years and $172 million in total, according to…

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