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John Axford | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that the team's eventual goal is to have John Axford return to the closer's role.
Francona did say that he likes how Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are performing in the ninth inning and that a change isn't imminent. While Axford has pitched better in recent weeks, he still issues far too many walks to be trusted with the game on the line. Jun 7 - 2:34 PM

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John Axford has been removed from the Indians' closer role.

Indians manager Terry Francona made that announcement on Saturday evening. Axford has an ugly 4.91 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 14 2/3 innings this season, and will pitch in mid-relief until he can get back on track. Francona said the Tribe will use a ninth-inning committee made up of Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski, and Scott Atchison. Allen is probably the best guy to pick up in fantasy.

John Axford picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning as the Indians walked off against the Twins on Wednesday.

Axford put runners on first and second with two outs after allowing a double and a walk in the top of the ninth inning, but was able to get Sam Fuld to foul out to end the threat. Mike Aviles knocked in the winning run in the bottom half of the inning, giving Axford his first win of the season.
May 7 - 10:29 PM

John Axford took his third loss after giving up a solo homer in a scoreless game in the 10th inning Monday against the Twins.

Axford was pitching for the third straight day after also taking a blown save and a loss on Sunday. He was 9-for-10 in save chances with a 2.31 ERA as of two days ago, so he's not at an immediate risk of losing his job. The Indians do know that Cody Allen is their best reliever, but they'd just as soon leave Axford in the closer's role as long as he's adequate. Since Axford will need Tuesday off, perhaps Allen will get a save chance then.
May 5 - 10:39 PM

John Axford blew his second save of the season when he served up a three-run homer to Dayan Viciedo in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Axford entered with a two-run lead and promptly walked the first batter on four pitches. He then issued a one-out walk ahead of Viciedo's blast. Axford is leading the American League with nine saves, but he's been far from the best closer on the Junior Circuit, as he holds a 4.38 ERA and has walked nine over 12 1/3 innings. He should have some leash left, but Cody Allen remains a big threat to eventually take Axford's job.
May 4 - 4:26 PM

John Axford collected his ninth save of the year as the Indians bested the White Sox on Saturday.

Axford retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning -- one via strikeout. The veteran righty is quietly leading the American League in saves and boasts an impressive 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 frames.
May 3 - 8:54 PM

John Axford skated on thin ice again but managed to nail down his sixth save with a scoreless frame in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.

Axford gave up a couple singles and a walk to load the bases with Edwin Encarnacion with two outs. He got a gift called strike on a 3-0 count and eventually got E5 to ground out into the shift. While Ax has converted six saves in seven chances, he's walked seven in 7 2/3 innings and has a pedestrian 3.52 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Cody Allen -- who still hasn't given up a run -- continues to look like the best reliever Cleveland has.
Apr 20 - 4:25 PM

John Axford bounced back from a blown save to pitch a scoreless ninth Wednesday against the Tigers.

Axford protected a one-run lead for his fifth save in six chances. He needs to cut down on the walks if he's going to remain successful; he's issued six in 6 2/3 innings this season.
Apr 16 - 11:28 PM

John Axford gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, blowing his first save and taking the loss against the White Sox.

Protecting a one-run lead, Axford walked Jordan Danks before Alexei Ramirez came up with one out. Ramirez took Axford deep to left for the walk-off shot, Axford's first home run allowed on the year. He'd gotten the save in his first four opportunities, so the right-hander will be allowed more than one bad outing before his job comes in jeopardy.
Apr 13 - 8:41 PM

John Axford converted his fourth save in four tries Wednesday, tossing a scoreless inning against the Padres.

It wasn't that easy, as Axford allowed a hit and a walk and then watched the runners move up to second and third with one out on a wild pitch. However, he then got bailed out by a terrible at-bat from Will Venable and followed that strikeout with a flyout to end it. While he's given up just one hit, Axford has walked five over 4 1/3 innings.
Apr 9 - 3:48 PM

John Axford pitched a perfect fifth inning as the Indians defeated the Padres 12-7 on Wednesday.

Axford's career was revived in St. Louis last season. Now he is resuming his closing duties as an Indian. He has looked good in the Cactus League to date, posting a 2.25 ERA with six strikeouts in four innings.
Mar 12 - 7:24 PM

John Axford allowed a solo home run in one inning of work as the Indians defeated the White Sox 5-4 on Tuesday.

Conor Gillaspie took him deep in the seventh inning. The good news is that Axford recorded two strikeouts in the effort, a good sign for the Indians' new closer.
Mar 4 - 7:00 PM

Cardinals coaches corrected a flaw in John Axford's delivery at the end of the 2013 season.

The coaches filled Axford in on the secret that he had been tipping his pitches for years. Once the issue was brought to his attention and he tweaked his delivery, he posted a 1.74 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings at the end of the season, and followed that up with a strong performance in the playoffs. If the issue has indeed been corrected, look for the 30-year-old to have a strong run as the Indians' closer.
Jan 12 - 10:47 PM

Indians signed RHP John Axford to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Axford, who will close for the Indians, can earn an additional $1.75 million in incentives based on games finished. "We thought he was the right guy to take a chance on," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We feel like we added an experienced, power arm to the back of our bullpen." Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen will help set up for Axford.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 08:25:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, John Axford's one-year deal with the Indians is worth $4.5 million.

Axford can also earn a bit more through incentives. The 30-year-old right-hander has been mediocre over the past two seasons, but he was one of the top closers in baseball in 2011 and the Indians plan to use him in the ninth inning in 2014. Chris Perez was released earlier this winter, and Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw will remain in setup roles.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 03:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Nick Swisher
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Mike Aviles
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1Carlos Santana
2Lonnie Chisenhall
LF1Michael Brantley
2Chris Dickerson
CF1Michael Bourn
2Nyjer Morgan
RF1David Murphy
DH1Ryan Raburn
2Jason Giambi
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Masterson
2Corey Kluber
3Josh Tomlin
4Trevor Bauer
5T.J. House
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3John Axford
4Marc Rzepczynski
5Carlos Carrasco
6Scott Atchison
7Kyle Crockett
8Vinnie Pestano
9Nick Hagadone