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John Axford | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Pirates claimed RHP John Axford off revocable waivers from the Indians.
It appears that the Pirates made a claim and the Indians simply let him go. Axford, 31, owns a 3.92 ERA and 51/30 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this season. The Pirates likely won't use him in high-leverage situations initially, but he's a worthwhile flier for Pittsburgh. Aug 14 - 4:43 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates have acquired reliever John Axford from the Indians.

No word yet on what the Indians will receive in return. Axford began the year in the closer role with Cleveland, but has dropped in the pecking order since the early part of May. His ERA was down to 3.14 for the year before he gave up a grand slam against the Yankees on August 8. He could be a useful mid-to-late inning option down the stretch.
Aug 14 - 4:20 PM

John Axford got the final five outs Monday against the Reds for his first save since May 3 and 10th of the year.

Axford has been pitching well enough to be an adequate closer for months now, but the Indians never did decide to go back to him after Cody Allen seized the job. He only got to finish tonight's game after the Indians' lead increased from four runs (with the tying run on deck) to six. Axford currently has a 3.14 ERA in 43 innings.
Aug 4 - 10:18 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel