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Cardinals Sign Free Agent Miles Mikolas

Miles Mikolas Arturo Pardavila III/ via Flickr.com

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The Cardinals made their first free agent signing of the offseason Tuesday Morning.  They inked a deal with right hander Miles Mikolas, worth $15.5 million over two years.  Mikolas, a former major leaguer, has spent the last three seasons excelling in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball League.  The addition of Mikolas will provide some extra depth to the Cardinals’ rotation, and will also give the team some flexibility in trade talks, throughout the rest of the offseason.  This move also puts the Cards’ Major League roster at 39 players.

Miles Mikolas’ Career

Mikolas started his career with the San Diego Padres in 2012, after they drafted him in 2009.  Over the next three seasons he went 4-6 with a 5.32 ERA in 37 appearance (10 starts), with the Padres and the Texas Rangers. After the 2014 season, Mikolas moved overseas to the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball League.  He had the best year of his career in 2015 with the Yomiuri Giants.

In 2015, Miles went 13-3 with a 1.92 ERA, in 21 starts.  He started 14 more games for the Giants in 2016, going 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA.  This past season went just as well for Mikolas, as he started a career high 27 games, posting a 14-8 record and a 2.25 ERA.  He also set career highs for innings pitched with 188 and strikeouts with 187, all the while, he only walked 23 batters.

The 29 year old starter was also a very good defender in the Japan Central League.  He was errorless in 92 chances throughout his Japanese career.  Mikolas also became the first foreign-born pitcher in Yomiuri Giants history to win the Central League MVP of the Month award two times.  He was also the first foreign pitcher to have a 13-game winning streak, which he put together between the 2015 and 2016 seasons.