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

06 Diciembre 2017

Lous Cadinals on uesday agreed to a two-year contract with right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas, most recently of the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese Central League.

He pitched just three years in the majors, most recently going 2-5 with a 6.44 ERA over 10 starts with the Texas Rangers back in 2014.

Mikolas received overtures from several teams and was at least once identified as a target of the Cubs this winter. Mikolas' salary in the second year could climb if he meets innings pitched incentives in 2018, and the Cardinals see him as a contender for a starting spot.

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As the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes remain in a holding pattern, the Cardinals have signed a pitcher out of Japan. The Rays are also reportedly looking to trim payroll, and the Gold Glove winner is due $86 million through 2022, $94 million if an option is exercised for 2023.

The Rangers released Mikolas after the 2014 season. He's 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 games.

"Command of all my pitches". For now, we'll await other potential moves. "Here it is. It's a little more of a chess match as a starter - something I really got a grasp on". The increased depth could also allow some of the Cardinals' young starters more time to develop in the Minors or by pitching out of the bullpen. 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.

He is best known stateside for dousing a gecko in Mountain Dew and eating it, which led to the nickname "The Lizard King". As a member of the Padres organization and in a Padres uniform, Mikolas ate a live lizard as his teammates watched. There's video of the event.

The 6-5, 220-pound native of Jupiter, Fla. was a combined 4-6 with a 5.32 ERA in 37 games (10 starts) in the majors with San Diego (2012-13) and Texas (2014).

He's even moved closer to the ballpark and lives there with his wife and their baby daughter. Mikolas, 29, became a free agent after three standout years in Nippon Professional Baseball, and that spurred interest among multiple Major League teams this Hot Stove season.

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