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Cardinals sign Miles Mikolas

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The St. Louis Cardinals signed righty Miles Mikolas to a two-year, $15.5 million contract.

Mikolas, who pitched for the Padres and Rangers from 2012-14 has spent the past three seasons in Japan, where he’s done pretty darn well for himself, posting a 2.18 ERA and 378/69 K/BB ratio in 424.2 innings for the Yomiuri Giants.

He’ll be a starter in St. Louis, as he was in Japan. In his first go-around in MLB he pitched in 37 games, starting only 10 to pretty poor results. One would guess his time and improvement across the Pacific will produce better results than before.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.