The Reds sign Jair Jurrjens

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cincinnati Reds have signed pitcher Jair Jurrjens to a minor league deal.

Jurrjens, who has been rehabbing a knee injury, spent the 2013 season in the Tigers’ and Orioles’ systems, pitching a whopping seven and a third innings for the O’s in the bigs. He pitched fewer than 50 innings for the Braves in 2012. His last useful go in the bigs was 2011, when he posted a 2.96 ERA in 153 innings in Atlanta.

Reports have his velocity back up to 90, which is key, as a velocity drop and attendant injuries was the real culprit for his burnout a few years ago.

Miles Mikolas open to extension with Cardinals

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Though he has only accumulated just over two years of service time in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas can become a free agent after the 2019 season due to language in his current two-year, $15.5 million contract. He is open to signing a contract extension with the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Mikolas said, “It’s something that the Cardinals and my agency have to work out – if the numbers work out and everything turns out to be it’s absolutely something that could happen.” His agent, from Octagon, has had discussions with the Cardinals about a framework for an extension.

Mikolas, 30, spent the 2015-17 seasons pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. He had great results, which he was able to leverage into a contract back in the U.S. Last season, his first in the majors since 2014, he finished sixth in NL Cy Young balloting and earned a spot on the NL All-Star roster. The right-hander went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a 146/29 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 innings.

This coming season, Mikolas will be part of a starting rotation that also includes Carlos Martínez, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright.