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Cardinals sign starting pitcher out of Japan

Miles Mikolas pitching for the Texas Rangers in 2014 Miles Mikolas pitching for the Texas Rangers in 2014
Frascuelo Febo | Diciembre 06, 2017, 14:56

The St. Louis Cardinals signed the former San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers pitcher to a two-year, $15.5-million contract, adding to what was an already stout stable of starting pitchers.

Mikolas was released by the Rangers with a three-year record of 4-6 and a 5.32 ERA, but has since had a run of success in Japan. He led NPB with 188 innings pitched this past season (14-8, 2.25 ERA), which should bode well for a Cardinal pitching staff in search of innings considering the departure of Lance Lynn and the numerous young arms slated to see time in the rotation in 2018. However, Mikolas was able to strike out batters at a high clip finishing his last season in the majors with a 6 K/9 while also keeping his walks at bay with a 2.8 BB/9.

Mikolas sports a 4-6 record with a 5.32 ERA in three major league seasons with the San Diego Padres and Rangers.

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.

Mikolas won Central League MVP of the Month awards in June of 2015 and August of 2017, becoming the first foreign-born pitcher in Yomiuri Giants franchise history to win the MVP of the Month award multiple times.

Stay tuned to 101ESPN and 101Sports.com for plenty of Cardinals coverage and analysis throughout the offseason. Being known as a journeyman around the league, he's looking to solidify a spot on a major league roster. He's 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 games. If the Rays wish to move him without the bind the Marlins are in with Stanton's no-trade clause, now is the time.

It also lands Mikolas in one of the places most likely to move the fantasy baseball needle.

The Cardinals added to their depth with Mikolas.

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. Video of the snack went viral.