Cardinals Sign Miles Mikolas From Japan's Yomiuri Giants — Reports

Cardinals Sign Miles Mikolas From Japan's Yomiuri Giants — Reports”

According to reports, free agent Miles Mikolas has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $14-$16 million.

Mikolas, 29, has starred the past three seasons (2015-17) in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball League, going a combined 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts for the Yomiuri Giants of the Japan Central League. A seventh-round Draft pick in 2009, Mikolas debuted with the Padres in 2012, and, over the next three years, he posted a 5.32 ERA in 37 appearances (10 starts) for San Diego and Texas.

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The route to a game at Roger Dean Stadium was a lot shorter when Miles Mikolas was a kid growing up in nearby Tequesta, Fla., but after a detour through Japan, he has found his way back to that ballpark.

The Cardinals had scouts Jeff Ishii and Rick Meinhold as well as director of player personnel Matt Slater evaluate Mikolas in person, and what they saw was desired durability, a hold on his mid-90s-mph velocity late into games, and strikes. Being known as a journeyman around the league, he's looking to solidify a spot on a major league roster. A number of the club's young starters could be limited in workload this season.

After all, it's often the unknowns who provide us the most bang for the buck. If the Rays wish to move him without the bind the Marlins are in with Stanton's no-trade clause, now is the time. The Cubs, Brewers and A's were also said to be interested.

The Cardinals added to their depth with Mikolas. He made a strong start in his debut against the Marlins, going 8 innings of three-hit ball, while only giving up one walk and picking up five strikeouts.

Although he has less than 100 innings in the majors, he left enough of an impression to carry a nickname, "Lizard King". If you like gross things, video of this does exist.

Mikolas was errorless in his three years with the Giants, handling 92 chances flawlessly and he also belted a pair of home runs for Yomiuri.

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