Reports: Cardinals Sign Pitcher Miles Mikolas From Japan

Reports: Cardinals Sign Pitcher Miles Mikolas From Japan

The Cardinals took their first dip into the free agent pool Tuesday, signing former Padres and Rangers hurler Miles Mikolas to a two-year deal.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Cardinals, but multiple reports have Mikolas receiving between $14 million and $16 million in the contract.

The 30-year-old was drafted in the Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 7th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft, and last pitched for the Texas Rangers in 2014.

In three seasons with the Giants, Mikolas went 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 424.2 innings. He had just introduced the slider during that 2014 season, so it's possible that his three years in Japan have helped him gain some polish to it. The 4.1 percent walk rate he had during those three seasons combined hint to that, and they are a lot closer to his rates during his minor-league time in the Padres' system. In 62 starts, Mikolas posted a 2.18 ERA.

If Mikolas can provide a necessary bridge during the development of the Cardinals' hoard of young pitching talent, 'The Lizard King' could be a nice little pickup for St. Louis.

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Whether Mikolas will be successful in the majors depends on if he's able to carry over his numbers from Japan. Others that come to mind include Darrell May, who had a handful of useful starts for the 2003 Kansas City Royals, and Tony Barnette, who had a solid year as a setup man for the 2016 Rangers. "On Instagram, Wong referred to himself as "The Pebble" and Fowler suggested on Twitter that Stanton "#comeflexwithdex".

The Rangers released Mikolas after the 2014 season.

The deal was initially reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

From a team perspective, Mikolas' arrival is probably the worst news for Reyes since, in his first season back following Tommy John surgery in February, he might be most wisely used in a swingman/multi-inning-relief role in 2018 in order to keep his innings total in check. Mikolas, 29, is returning from Japan, agreeing to a $15.5 million, two-year contract with the Cardinals. If you like gross things, video of this does exist.