Louis Cardinals signed right-hander Miles Mikolas to a two-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday.
Both teams met with Stanton and his representatives last week in Los Angeles, and the Cardinals left the West Coast unsure if Stanton preferred it as a destination or could be swayed to the Midwest by the team the Cardinals have in mind for 2018 and beyond. Mikolas, who appeared in 37 games with the Padres and Rangers from 2012-2014, has spent the last three seasons with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Central League while posting a brilliant 2.18 ERA and 378/69 K/BB ratio in 424 2/3 innings over 62 starts.
Mikolas sports a 4-6 record with a 5.32 ERA in three major league seasons with the San Diego Padres and Rangers.
He pitched exclusively as a starter the past three seasons, though a shoulder injury did limit Mikolas to 14 starts in 2016. For the Cardinals to add a potential innings eater to the rotation allows them to continue floating pitchers like Michael Wacha, Jack Flaherty, Sandy Alcantara, and potentially others, in trade talks as they seek the addition of an impact bat this offseason. Among the reasons he chose the Cardinals was a chance to remain close to home for spring training and a family connection to St. Louis: His aunt was a principal at Incarnate Word Academy.
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The Cardinals had scouts Jeff Ishii and Rick Meinhold as well as director of player personnel Matt Slater evaluate Mikolas in person, and what they saw was desired durability, a hold on his mid-90s-mph velocity late into games, and strikes. Mikolas, 29, is returning from Japan, agreeing to a $15.5 million, two-year contract with the Cardinals.
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. "Miles was able to pitch in front of a sold out 40,000-seat stadium every night in the Tokyo Dome and getting that experience helped him grow his command".
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