Miles Mikolas has made quite a career in Nippon Professional Baseball and cemented himself as being one of the best top pitcher in Japan.
Now, he’s being haled as MLB’s best free agents that teams can have for a bargain.
According to USA Today, Mikolas actually played in the MLB from 2012 to 2014 before he signed with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese baseball league. The 29-year-old is reportedly set to return in the 2018 season.
If all things fall into place, Mikolas could follow the footsteps of Colby Lewis who also honed his skills while playing in Japan after he couldn’t cut it in the US majors. “Lewis came back to become an effective big-league starter,” the article siad. “And some team will give Mikolas a chance to do the same.”
USA Today added that while no team has yet sent feelers on their interest in the star player, it’s safe to say that the Rangers are out of the picture. Mikolas actually played 10 games for the Texas team in 2014 before moving to Japan.
Kyle Lesniewski of SBNation, meanwhile, suggested that the Milwaukee Brewers are intrigued with Mikolas.
Scouting reports claimed that Mikolas can still throw a 92-93 mph fastball. But his arsenal also include a very effective curve, slider and cutter. Lesniewski said the rumored $10 million contract projected for Mikolas would easily be absorb by the Brewers without risking the luxury tax threshold.
The MLB Trade Rumors said that he might end up with the Padres for $10 million for two years. The righty actually played for the Padres when he was still with MLB but he could never replicate the numbers he had in the minor league.
“Mikolas posted a 2.18 ERA through 424 1/3 innings in Japan, and averaged a ridiculous 9.0 K/9 against 1.1 BB/9 in his final season there,” the article said.