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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
College: Canisius
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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. Nov 20 - 8:18 PM

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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.
Sep 16 - 3:45 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.
Aug 21 - 12:06 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.
Aug 18 - 5:58 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
Jul 31 - 8:03 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.
Jul 31 - 12:21 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.
Jul 27 - 11:48 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.
Jul 25 - 12:45 AM

John Axford blew the save but got the win as the Rockies walked off 8-7 winners versus the Rangers on Monday.

Axford issued a leadoff walk to Leonys Martin, then watched Adrian Beltre double him home with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game up at 7-7. The right-hander was happy to see Ben Paulsen drive home the walk-off run in the bottom half of the inning. Axford has otherwise been reliable in the ninth inning for the Rockies this season, brandishing a 2.60 ERA with a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings while converting the save in 16 of 18 opportunities. The floundering Rockies could trade Axford in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Depending on where he would end up, Axford's value could be helped or hurt, so he's someone to watch closely in the next week and a half.
Jul 21 - 12:35 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are among the clubs that have inquired on John Axford.

Axford is having a surprisingly good season in Colorado with a 2.36 ERA and 16 saves. It's not a given at this point that the disappointing Tigers will be buyers at the trade deadline, but they could use some bullpen help if they do decide to make upgrades.
Jul 19 - 3:11 PM

John Axford hurled a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Braves for his 16th save of the season.

Axford needed just eight pitches to finish off the win. The veteran right-hander has been pretty steady since taking over the closer role in late April and owns a 2.36 ERA and 25/11 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings. He has pitched in three straight games, so Rockies manager Walt Weiss might have turn to Scott Oberg if a save opportunity arises on Saturday.
Jul 11 - 12:45 AM

Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the 7-day family emergency list.

Axford should immediately resume his role as closer. This year he's converted 13-of-14 save chances while posting a respectable 2.42 ERA. The Rockies sent Justin Miller to Triple-A Albuquerque to open up a roster spot.
Jul 4 - 6:36 PM

Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the 7-day family emergency list.

Manager Walt Weiss said that the reliever "just has things to take care of at home." He did note that Axford's son, Jameson, who was bitten by a rattlesnake during spring training, is fine. It's not clear how long Axford will be away. LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Oberg and Tommy Kahnle could be in the mix for saves in Axford's absence.
Jun 30 - 8:46 PM

John Axford was not listed on the Rockies' lineup card prior to Tuesday's game.

Chris Cotillo of hears that his absence isn't related to an injury or trade and that the Rockies will "release something soon" about the reliever. Axford had to miss time earlier this season when his son, Jameson, was bitten by a rattlesnake, so hopefully it's not related to that. An update on Axford should come shortly.
Jun 30 - 7:14 PM

John Axford held on Thursday against the Diamondbacks to convert his 13th save of the season.

The Rockies grabbed a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, so Boone Logan came on for the top of the ninth. However, he allowed the first two batters to reach before Axford was called on to put out the fire. Danny Dorn drove in one run with a ground out and Paul Goldschmidt followed with a sacrifice fly, but Axford was able to strike out Yasmani Tomas swinging to end it. The 32-year-old has had a couple of bumpy outings of late, but he still owns a solid 2.42 ERA through 24 appearances this season.
Jun 25 - 7:02 PM