The Cardinals took their first dip into the free agent pool Tuesday, signing former Padres and Rangers hurler Miles Mikolas to a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old Mikolas spent the past three seasons pitching in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants where he amassed a 31-13 record to go with 2.18 ERA. He was 14-8 this past year in the Japan Central League.
The Padres drafted Mikolas in 2009’s seventh round and he made his MLB debut in 2012 and remained with San Diego until they traded him to the Rangers before the 2014 season, where he worked with Cardinals pitching coach and fellow fun-mustasche enthusiast, Mike Maddux.
Mikolas has a combined 4-6 record over 37 career MLB games (10 starts) to go with a 5.32 ERA. He also once ate a lizard, thus earning him the nickname “The Lizard King”:
(We in no way condone the eating of live animals.)
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