MLB free agency: Cardinals reportedly agree to two-year deal with Miles Mikolas – Sporting News

Miles Mikolas is the first player from Japan to sign in MLB this season. The Cardinals announced Tuesday the former major leaguer has signed a two-year deal to play with the team.

Mikolas’ deal is reportedly for two years and $15.5 million.

The money on Miles Mikolas, from @Ken_Rosenthal and @JonHeyman: Two years and $15.5 million. Some executives were speculating he’d settle in around two years and $10 million. Lots of action on Mikolas drove the price up for the Cardinals.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2017

The former Rangers and Padres pitcher spent three seasons in MLB from 2012-14, pitched in 54 games (14 starts) and posted an ERA of 5.32. However, in his time in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), he turned into an ace for the Yomiuri Giants tossing 424 1/3 innings with a 2.18 ERA.

Last season alone, he posted a 14-8 record with a 2.25 ERA and 9.0 K/9.

Mikolas is hoping to follow in the footsteps of several MLB players who had trouble in the majors and went over to play internationally, where they reinvigorated their careers. Most recently, Eric Thames played with the Blue Jays before going over to Korea and finding success. He then hit 31 home runs with the Brewers in 2017.

However, the player Mikolas will most hope to emulate would be another former Rangers’ pitcher in Colby Lewis. The 38-year-old starter pitched parts of five seasons from 2002-2007, never posting an ERA better than 6.29 in a full season.

He then pitched internationally and became the Rangers’ most consistent pitcher from 2010-2012, and had three more seasons where he was a solid innings-eater.

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