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John Axford | Relief Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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.
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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

Pirates designated RHP John Axford for assignment.

The 31-year-old hurler entered the 2014 campaign as the Indians closer, but lost his role to Cody Allen and was dealt to the Pirates mid-season. He finished the year with a 3.95 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. He still has a power arm, which will interest teams looking for bullpen depth, but his inability to find the plate consistently limits his upside.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 10:08:00 AM

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.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 04:43:00 PM

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.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 04:20:00 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.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 10:18:00 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.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 02:34:00 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.
Sat, May 10, 2014 05:31:00 PM

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.
Wed, May 7, 2014 10:29:00 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.
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:39:00 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.
Sun, May 4, 2014 04:26:00 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.
Sat, May 3, 2014 08:54:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilin Rosario
2Michael McKenry
3Audry Perez
1B1Justin Morneau
2Ben Paulsen
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Daniel Descalso
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Cristhian Adames
3Rafael Ynoa
4Omar Quintanilla
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Kyle Parker
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Drew Stubbs
3Brandon Barnes
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Jhoulys Chacin
3Jordan Lyles
4Tyler Matzek
5Kyle Kendrick
6David Hale
7Eddie Butler
8Christian Bergman
9Tyler Chatwood
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1LaTroy Hawkins
2Rex Brothers
3Adam Ottavino
4Boone Logan
5Tommy Kahnle
6Christian Friedrich
7John Axford
8Brooks Brown
9Rafael Betancourt
10Buddy Boshers
11Jairo Diaz