John Axford RUMORS & NEWS

  • John Axford close to signing with Oakland, reports SF Chronicle

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics are "close to signing free-agent reliever John Axford," reports the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. Earlier Tuesday evening, Slusser reported that Oakland was"moving in on free-agent reliever John Axford as the fourth addition of the winter to the bullpen." The..." December 09

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    Thomas Harding @harding_at_mlb

    #Rockies manager Walt Weiss says RHP John Axford "looks like himself" and is returning to the closer role.

  • John Axford out as Rockies closer

    Denver Post "John Axford, whose recent struggles on the mound have cost the Rockies dearly, is out as closer. At least for now. "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," manager Walt Weiss..." August 01

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Tigers among teams that have inquired on #Rockies reliever John Axford. (Of course, Tigers no longer certain to be deadline buyers.)

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Tigers among teams that have inquired on #Rockies reliever John Axford. (Of course, Tigers no longer certain to be deadline buyers.)

  • John Axford leaves Rockies again for family matters; Colorado goes with closer committee

    Denver Post "A flurry of pitching moves Tuesday took another closer from the Rockies' bullpen, as Colorado moved right-hander John Axford to the family medical emergency list. The Rockies also moved long-reliever Christian Bergman to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. To fill out the..." July 01

  • Rockies turn to John Axford to fill closer role left by Adam Ottavino

    Denver Post "John Axford had been away from the Rockies for nearly two weeks because he had more pressing concerns. Namely, helping care for his 2½-year-old son, Jameson, who was fighting his way back to health from a rattlesnake bite suffered when the Rockies were in spring training. When Axford did return..." May 06

  • John Axford leaves Rockies' spring training after son, 2, is bit by a rattlesnake

    Denver Post "Rockies relief pitcher John Axford, who hasn't pitched for the team since last Wednesday, was forced to leave spring training camp after his 2-year-old son was bit by a rattlesnake twice in his right foot. Axford pitched a relief appearance Wednesday, then, while leaving the Rockies' clubhouse,..." March 31

  • Rockies sign John Axford

    Purple Row "The Colorado Rockies have signed relief pitcher John Axford to a minor league contract, according to's transaction page. Axford will make $2.6 million if he makes the big league roster and could net as much as $4.1 million after incentives, per Thomas Harding. Axford, 31, posted a 3.94..." February 03

  • Indians officially sign John Axford to a one-year deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians officially announced the signing of right-hander John Axford on Thursday to a one-year $4.5 million deal. The two sides agreed on the deal Monday, but Axford needed to pass a physical. Axford, 30, will be the Indians closer even though he spent much of last season as a set-up man..." December 19

  • Report: Indians to sign John Axford

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Indians are expected to sign free agent reliever John Axford. We learned earlier that Indians president Mark Shapiro was expecting to sign a reliever soon and he moved quickly in talks with Axford. Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals on December 2..." December 16

  • Cubs looking at Axford in search for potential closer

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are looking for a closer and John Axford has already posted the personal classified ad on his Twitter account. “MST (Man Seeking Team),” Axford wrote. “Tall athletic male with blue/green eyes and a love for film and mustaches seeking loving team for employment!” There’s mutual..." December 06

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Mujica, Axford among relievers drawing #Orioles’ interest. First noted by @THE_REAL_RICKLI.

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    Derrick Goold @dgoold

    #Cardinals only non-tender of the four will be John Axford. Contracts presented to Jay, Bourjos and Descalso. #stlcards

  • Cards acquire reliever John Axford

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Looks like former Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford will be turning around and heading back to PNC Park. Axford who packed his bags along with his former Brewers teammates last night and appeared headed for the charter flight back to Milwaukee is set to join the Cardinals today back at PNC..." August 30

  • Padres' Gregerson, Brewers' Axford drawing interest on bullpen market

    CBS Sports "Teams involved in the trade market for relievers say Padres right-hander Luke Gregerson may be the best available remaining reliever and could be the next one traded. The number of teams looking for bullpen help has shrunk slightly with the Phillies no longer in buy mode. The number of..." July 28

  • Dodgers look for relief, may find it in Milwaukee

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers got the starting pitcher they needed when they traded for Ricky Nolasco. The next task: Improving what statistically has been one of baseball's worst bullpens. A Dodgers scout was dispatched to Milwaukee this week, sent to look at the three relievers the Brewers are currently..." July 09

  • Brewers trade rumors center around pitchers

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "With the non-waiver trade deadline looming at the end of the month, the rumor mill is beginning to kick into high gear. And with the Milwaukee Brewers sporting one of the worst records in baseball, it's not surprising to see them listed high on the lists of potential sellers. One specific..." July 05

  • John Axford is willing to wait to close

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Though he has flashed the form of late that made him a record-setting closer for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, John Axford is willing to wait for manager Ron Roenicke to return him to that role. And what if Roenicke opts to keep Jim Henderson as his ninth-inning pitcher for the foreseeable..." April 27

  • Sounds like Axford is out as Brewers closer

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It sounds as if John Axford is out as Brewers closer for now but there was no official announcement Monday from manager Ron Roenicke. Asked if there was a closing situation today against the Cubs if he would use Axford, Roenicke said, "I need to have a discussion with 'Ax' on what we plan to..." April 08

  • John Axford says he feels fine physically

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Brewers closer John Axford just told reporters in the clubhouse that there is no physical reason for his velocity dropping so sharply in his last outing Wednesday night against Colorado. Axford said he also looked at side-by-side videos of that outing vs. last year and 2011, and saw nothing..." April 05

  • Axford struggling to utilize usual assets

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "John Axford sat at his locker and even cracked a joke to lighten the mood. What he couldn't do is explain what just happened. With Thursday off, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave Axford work in the ninth inning with Milwaukee trailing 4-3. The Brewers' closer gave up three runs on five hits..." April 04

  • Brewers' Axford breaks Valentine's Day curse

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Is Valentine's Day cursed for John Axford? Most folks associate the holiday with flowers, candy and the like, but the Milwaukee Brewers closer explained to reporters at the Brewers' spring training complex in Arizona on Thursday that he hasn't had such a positive experience with Feb. 14. In..." February 15