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John Axford | Relief Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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John Axford saw his way out of ninth-inning hot water, converting his third save as the Rockies won 5-4 against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Axford allowed the tying run to reach third base when Paul Goldschmidt singled to put runners on first and third with two outs in the ninth inning. Axford was able to get the dangerous Mark Trumbo to ground out to third base to end the game. As regular closer Adam Ottavino hit the disabled list, Axford should be seeing plenty of save chances for the foreseeable future. He's 3-for-3 in save opportunities with a spotless ERA and a 6/2 K/BB ratio in five innings. Apr 28 - 1:34 AM

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John Axford picked up his second save of the season on Thursday with a scoreless ninth inning, polishing off the Rockies 2-1 victory over the Padres.

Regular closer Adam Ottavino was given the day off due to what he described as "usual pitcher's soreness". Axford worked around a one-out walk of Yonder Alonso by striking out Will Venable and Alexi Amarista. Ottavino has been superb as the Rockies' regular closer, but Axford should be expected to perform reasonably well when presented with the odd save chance. Given how few and far between those opportunities will come, though, he's not worth stashing as long as Ottavino is healthy and getting the job done.
Apr 23 - 6:17 PM

John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his return to the Rockies Wednesday against the Padres.

It was a quick 10-pitch inning for Axford, with one strikeout mixed in. He could be next in line for saves in Colorado if Adam Ottavino falters, though that's showed no signs of happening.
Apr 22 - 11:51 PM

Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the restricted list.

Axford was away from the club for 10 days to be with his young son Jameson, who got bitten twice by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona. Jameson suffered some nerve damage in his foot but should ultimately be fine.
Apr 22 - 5:52 PM

Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the restricted list.

It's a paper move, as Axford had already been on the family medical emergency list after his son, Jameson, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake. The reliever is eligible to be activated at any time, though it's unclear when it will happen.
Apr 19 - 2:27 PM

John Axford has been placed on the family medical emergency list.

Axford's son, Jameson, is doing well after being bitten twice by a rattlesnake, but his father will be away from the team for a bit while the youngster changes hospitals. Scott Oberg has taken Axford's spot on the roster.
Apr 12 - 2:11 PM

After LaTroy Hawkins blew a save in the ninth, John Axford pitched a perfect 10th to earn a save against the Brewers.

Hawkins is vulnerable, but we'd expect that Adam Ottavino, who pitched a hitless eighth tonight, is second in line for saves ahead of Axford. Of course, that could always change if Axford pitches well in the coming weeks. He does, after all, have closer experience.
Apr 9 - 12:02 AM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that he's mapped out a throwing schedule that could have John Axford (personal) ready for Opening Day.

However, Weiss added that he wants to make sure the pitcher is "in the right frame of mind." Axford is currently away from the club after his son, Jameson, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake.
Mar 31 - 9:14 PM

John Axford left Rockies camp Tuesday after his two-year-old son was bit by a rattlesnake.

Jameson Axford got bit twice on the right foot and was taken to a Phoenix hospital, where he was given anti-venom. He is now in stable condition, but his toes may have to be amputated. Awful stuff.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 31 - 4:20 PM

John Axford pitched a perfect fifth inning in the Rockies' 7-5 win against the Cubs on Saturday.

Axford got two consecutive ground outs before striking out Anthony Rizzo to end the frame. The right-hander, who has struggled over the last three seasons, is hoping for better luck with the Rockies. Between the Indians and Pirates last year, he did post a 3.95 ERA with a 63/36 K/BB ratio.
Mar 7 - 6:25 PM

Rockies purchased the contract of RHP John Axford from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Axford was fully expected to make the Opening Day roster after signing a minor league deal last month, and now it's official. The veteran reliever posted a 3.95 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings last season between the Indians and Pirates. He could be an option for saves should LaTroy Hawkins slip up.
Mar 1 - 11:40 AM

Rockies signed RHP John Axford to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Axford posted a decent 3.95 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings last season between the Indians and Pirates. He should have no trouble earning a spot in the Rockies' Opening Day bullpen and the 31-year-old righty could even work his way into some saves. The minor league deal will pay him a $2.6 million base salary while he's in the majors and it comes with another $1.5 million worth of performance-based incentives.
Feb 2 - 3:25 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "things are heating up" in the pursuit of John Axford, with four teams in on the bidding.

Heyman lists the Blue Jays as one of the clubs interested in Axford, and he's also been connected to the Reds. Toronto would be a good landing spot for the Ontario native, as he could possibly be in the mix for saves. Axford posted a 3.95 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings last season between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Jan 9 - 11:23 AM

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds are interested in free agent reliever John Axford.

Axford elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Pirates last month. The 31-year-old posted a 3.95 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings this past season between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Nothing is considered close with the Reds and he's believed to be drawing interest from four other teams.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 03:55:00 PM

John Axford has elected to become a free agent.

Axford was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh last weekend. The 31-year-old posted a 3.95 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings this past season between the Indians and Pirates.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 05:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Nick Hundley
2Michael McKenry
1B1Justin Morneau
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Daniel Descalso
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
3B1Nolan Arenado
2Rafael Ynoa
LF1Corey Dickerson
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Drew Stubbs
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Kyle Kendrick
3Jordan Lyles
4Tyler Matzek
5Eddie Butler
6Christian Bergman
7Tyler Chatwood
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Adam Ottavino
2John Axford
3Boone Logan
4LaTroy Hawkins
5Rafael Betancourt
6Christian Friedrich
7Brooks Brown
8Scott Oberg
9Ken Roberts