ST. LOUIS • As the Cardinals try to address and build some pitching depth for their rotation, they have brought back a former Texas Rangers starter from his successful turn in Japan's top league.

Miles Mikolas has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals, The Post-Dispatch has confirmed and the agreement will be announced shortly by the team. The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. The Athletic reports it's worth is between $14 million and $16 million.

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Mikolas, 29, spent the previous three seasons as a starter Yomuiri and he went 31-13 with a 2.81 ERA in 62 games, all of them starts. The righthander, who was born in Jupiter, Fla., struck out 378 batters in 424 2/3 innings for the Giants. The last time he pitched in the majors, Mikolas started 10 games for the Rangers in 2014 and had a 6.44 ERA in 57 1/3 innings.

His turn in Japan had attracted offers from several teams looking to add to their rotation.

The Cardinals are, in part, looking to fill needed innings in the rotation but have also been involved in trade conversations that would include at least one of their prized pitching prospects, including potential starters Sandy Alcantara and Jack Flaherty.

This story will be updated.

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