After an impressive debut season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018, Miles Mikolas has been rewarded with a four-year extension which will keep him with the team through 2023.
“We are extremely pleased to have Miles under contract for the foreseeable future,” stated Cardinals’ Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. via press release. “Miles made great contributions to our team as an All-Star last season, and he quickly fit in with his teammates and our fans. We look forward to having Miles serve as a key member of our pitching staff for the next five years.”
Speaking a couple of months ago, Mikolas shared that he was very open to signing an extension with the Cardinals and would leave his agent to see if the numbers made sense.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the four year contract is worth $68 million over the four years and includes a full no trade clause. He was eligible to become a free agent after 2019.
“Miles proved that his recent years in Japan were consistent with the projections we had for him upon his return to the Majors, and he took those to an even higher level with an All-Star season in 2018,” said Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “This was an opportunity for Miles to train in his backyard here in Jupiter as well as pitch in front of family in St. Louis. We are excited for him to be a part of the Cardinals for four additional years.”
Last season, Mikolas was chosen for the National League All-Star squad as he posted a record of 18-4 which was tops on the Cardinals and tied for the most wins in the National League. His 200.2 innings pitched also led the team.
The 30-year old right-hander was also popular in the clubhouse, being voted by his teammates to receive The Daryl Kile Award, which is presented by the St. Louis chapter of BBWAA to the Cardinals player who best demonstrates the qualities of the late pitcher by being a good teammate, a great friend, a fine father and a humble man.
NEW DEAL FOR ARENADO
–While Miles Mikolas reached a new agreement to stay with the St. Louis Cardinals, there are multiple reports that Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies are finalizing an 8 year extension worth $260 million.
Besides keeping the third baseman off the free agent market, this should be of particular note as extension talks are entertained between the Cardinals and Paul Goldschmidt. Though Goldschmidt is almost four years older than Arenado, their production has been similar over the last four seasons and that production–and compensation for it, could remain close for the next few years as well.
Arenado .297, 721 hits, 158 home runs, 503 RBIs
Goldschmidt .301, 692 hits, 126 home runs, 408 RBIs
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