Indians To Sign John Axford

3:06pm: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that Axford can earn an additional $1.75MM worth of incentives, making his contract potentially worth $6.25MM.

MONDAY, 2:45pm: Axford's contract guarantees him $4.5MM in 2014 and also contains incentives, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). That's $1.2MM less than the $5.7MM salary MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz had projected.

SUNDAY, 9:11pm: The financial terms of the deal are unclear, but MLB.com's Jordan Bastian tweets that it will probably be a one-year contract, noting that Axford has two years of arbitration eligibility after this one.

8:46pm: The Indians will sign reliever John Axford, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. Earlier this evening, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Indians were "focused" on Axford.  The righty is represented by Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Axford, who will be 31 in April, posted a 4.02 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 65 innings in 2013, although he got better results after the Brewers traded him to the Cardinals in August for Michael Blazek. Axford's success extended into the postseason, when he allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings spread over six outings. Nonetheless, the Cardinals non-tendered him rather than pay a 2014 salary that would have been inflated as a result of the $5MM Axford made in 2013, his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Axford served as the Brewers' closer for most of the 2010 through 2012 seasons, although he lost that job after a bout of wildness in 2012. Even in 2012, however, Axford struck out 12.1 batters per nine innings, and he still has dominant stuff, with a fastball that averaged 95.3 MPH in 2013. Axford will likely be entrusted with the closer's job in Cleveland, where the Indians were looking to replace the departing Chris Perez.


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51 Comments on "Indians To Sign John Axford"


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N.K.T.
1 year 6 months ago

No way he can be worse than Chris Perez

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Thunda Pig
1 year 6 months ago

Ohh you will be surprised.

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N.K.T.
1 year 6 months ago

Touché

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bob smit
1 year 6 months ago

No – can’t be worse. I stick by that.

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Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 6 months ago

Keep in mind: Axford’s ERA over the last two years is worse than Perez’s ERA last year.

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Thunda Pig
1 year 6 months ago

Just ask a brewers fan. Here’s a simple reminder: K-rod replaced him as closer. K-rod last couple years, not 04 k-rod

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NYBravosFan10
1 year 6 months ago

I hope he turns his career back into dominance…and grows that facial hair back so he can compete with Brian Wilson haha

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BRANDON
1 year 6 months ago

This can defintiely be a huge pickup if he returns to his dominant closer self. It will be a tough transition to the AL with the whole DH in play but Ax has hard throwing capabilities.

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brian310
1 year 6 months ago

The dh spot being in the lineup isn’t relevant. How often does a closer face a pitcher? Almost never

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BRANDON
1 year 6 months ago

yes but not too often is the bench player replacing the pitcher as talented or have as much power as the DH

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Jeff Weissbuch
1 year 6 months ago

Very true statement

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Dale Pearl
1 year 6 months ago

Cardinals will regret letting this guy walk.

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Joe Valenti
1 year 6 months ago

Their bullpen is solid. They really don’t need to take the risk and commit $5M+ to a question mark. You may be right in hindsight, but regardless, they made the right move

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1 year 6 months ago

I like him, and I think he’ll be good, but I highly doubt they’ll “regret” it. Too many power arms already

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Thunda Pig
1 year 6 months ago

Hahaha… NOPE

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Paul Munz
1 year 6 months ago

The Indians finally do something! -thumbs up –
Hope he is better than their last closer!

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Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 6 months ago

You mean the two time Allstar closer who had one bad half season? Sounds a lot like Axford.