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John Axford | Relief Pitcher | #61

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Canisius
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / NYY
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John Axford (foot) said he'll be available for Saturday's game against the Rays.
Axford hasn't pitched since Monday due to a bruised foot. He got pounded in his last outing, allowing a grand slam to Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley. Axford closed games for Colorado last year (25 saves) but so far the A's have used him in a setup role. May 14 - 4:22 PM

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X-rays came back negative on John Axford's foot.

Axford took a liner off his foot/leg to begin the sixth inning and eventually walked two batters before giving up a grand slam to Jackie Bradley, Jr. He hadn't walked a single batter in 14 innings coming into Monday's action, so it's easy to understand why the pain might have impacted his performance. Consider him day-to-day.
May 9 - 11:22 PM

Athletics signed RHP John Axford to a two-year, $10 million contract.

The contract includes $4 million based on incentives for games finished. Axford figures to work in a setup role initially but has a shot to close some games should others falter. He put up a 4.20 ERA with 25 saves and a 63/32 K/BB ratio over 55 2/3 innings this past season for the Rockies.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that John Axford will receive a two-year, $10 million contract from the Athletics.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman previously reported that the deal was worth $1 million, but Sherman has clarified the situation. Axford ended up getting a similar deal as Jason Motte and Chad Qualls, who signed with his former home in Colorado. Sherman notes that the contract includes $4 million based on incentives for games finished.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 01:37:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Athletics' deal with John Axford is worth $1 million.

The A's have yet to make an official announcement, but it's a reasonable gamble as they attempt to strengthen their bullpen. While Axford walked 32 batters in 55 2/3 innings this past season, he struck out nearly 25 percent of the batters he faced.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 12:34:00 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have signed veteran reliever John Axford, pending a physical.

No word yet on the terms involved. Axford was recently cut loose by the Rockies after posting a 4.20 ERA with 25 saves and a 63/32 K/BB ratio over 55 2/3 innings this past season. His control has been really shaky the past two years, but getting out of Colorado should help him. He's the latest addition in Oakland's revamped bullpen.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 11:48:00 AM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are close to signing reliever John Axford.

After trading for Liam Hendriks and Marc Rzepczynski and signing Ryan Madson to a three-year, $22 million deal, Oakland continues to revamp their bullpen. Axford was recently designated for assignment by the Rockies after posting a 4.20 ERA, 25 saves, and 63/32 K/BB ratio over 55 2/3 innings this past season. He'd give Oakland some more insurance for closer Sean Doolittle.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:47:00 AM

Rockies designated RHP John Axford for assignment.

The 32-year-old right-hander did a decent job as the Rockies closer in 2015, posting a 4.20 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 62/32 K/BB ratio across 55 2/3 innings while converting 25 saves. He was arbitration eligible this winter though, and the rebuilding Rockies didn't see paying him as being a cost-effective strategy. He should attract interest in free agency.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 08:18:00 PM

John Axford blew the save in the 11th inning, but the Rockies still managed to defeat the Dodgers on Tuesday, albeit in 16 innings.

The Rockies had gone ahead 4-3, so Axford was called on to preserve the lead. After a strikeout, the right-hander gave up a walk and two singles as the tying run crossed the plate. That ends a streak of 10 consecutive scoreless outings for Axford, who is now 23-for-29 in save opportunities with a 3.93 ERA and a 56/26 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 03:45:00 AM

John Axford struck out three of the five batters he faced in the ninth Thursday to pick up a save against the Nationals.

The Rockies decided to restore Axford to the closer's role in the hopes of getting a prospect back for him before the end of the month. It doesn't really matter, since they're going nowhere slow, but Axford didn't exactly earn his job back.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 12:06:00 AM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss announced Tuesday that John Axford will return to ninth-inning duties.

Axford allowed three earned runs in an appearance last week against the Mets and owns a hideous 9.75 ERA in 12 innings since the All-Star break, but the Rockies are desperate. The closer role in Colorado will likely remain a mess for the rest of the 2015 season.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 05:58:00 PM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss announced Friday that John Axford has been removed from his role as the team's closer.

Weiss said Friday, "I had a conversation with John a little earlier and I told him I was going to get him out of that ninth inning for a little bit and let him catch his breath". He has blown four saves in his last five appearances and has had difficulty finding the strike zone. Rafael Betancourt and Tommy Kahnle are the two most likely candidates to take over the role.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 08:03:00 PM

John Axford took his fifth blown save after giving up two runs and three walks in the ninth Thursday against the Cardinals.

The Rockies would probably be ready to make LaTroy Hawkins their closer right now if they didn't just trade him. As is, maybe they'll give Axford a little more rope. Rafael Betancourt has a 4.88 ERA that's worse than Axford's mark, so he isn't really making a case for the job. Tommy Kahnle is the sleeper here, even though he has a 1.48 WHIP to go along with his 2.96 ERA.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 12:21:00 AM

John Axford blew the save in Monday's loss to the Cubs, serving up a walk-off two-run home run to Kris Bryant with two outs in the ninth inning.

The Rockies had stormed for four runs against Rafael Soriano to take an 8-7 lead, but Axford couldn't hold it. He allowed a one-out single to Dexter Fowler, then Bryant hit a walk-off two-run home run to left-center with two outs. It's his fourth blown save of the season and his third in his last four appearances. He has allowed runs in each of those four outings. Axford is 16-for-20 in save chances overall with a 3.90 ERA and a 29/16 K/BB ratio in 30 innings.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 11:48:00 PM

John Axford blew a save Friday after giving up a solo homer to Joey Votto.

Axford has now allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings over his last three appearances, which includes two blown saves. And two wins, by the way. The 32-year-old has looked like a potential trade chip for Colorado, but his recent performances could turn teams away.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 12:45:00 AM

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SS1Marcus Semien
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LF1Khris Davis
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S1Sonny Gray
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5Felix Doubront
6Henderson Alvarez
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Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Fernando Rodriguez
7Ryan Dull
8Andrew Triggs
9Daniel Coulombe
10R.J. Alvarez
11Jarrod Parker