Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:52:48 -0800
Free-agent RP John Axford (Pirates) has received interest from the Cincinnati Reds, but the two sides are not close to a deal. Axford is believed to be receiving interest from four other teams.
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:27:32 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Chase d'Arnaud and RPs Jeanmar Gomez and John Axford cleared waivers and were outrighted to the minors Monday, Nov. 3.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:12:17 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated SP Jeanmar Gomez and RP John Axford for assignment.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:37:51 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP John Axford was acquired off trade waivers from the Cleveland Indians, and the Pirates will assume what's left of his $4.5 million deal, which is roughly $1.3 million. The Indians won't receive a player in return.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:18:39 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired RP John Axford from the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Aug. 14, according to a source. It's unknown what the Indians received in return.
Fantasy Tip: The Pirates have been searching for some reliable middle relief lately with Stolmy Pimentel struggling. Mark Melancon has done a fine job at the back end, so Axford isn't a candidate to replace him in the ninth inning. There's not much to see here.
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:53:17 -0700
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said RP John Axford is physically fine despite the fact that he hasn't thrown since last Tuesday. Francona has leaned on other relievers in close games.
Sat, 10 May 2014 14:48:54 -0700
The Cleveland Indians have removed RP John Axford from the closer role. There won't be a set ninth-inning arm, but Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw will see chances, per Terry Francona.
Fantasy Tip: Allen and Shaw, in that order, are your best pickups, and going further down the chart right now in mixed leagues with Atchison and Rzepczynski for speculation won't pay off. Ax will work in less stressful innings but could get the job back down the line. Your commitment depends on your roster structure and need to wait this out.
Thu, 08 May 2014 14:53:20 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford worked with pitching coach Mickey Callaway, and Axford noticed a flaw in his posture that was affecting his breaking pitch. The two have also been working on tweaking Axford's arm slot to reduce the run on his fastball, and Axford felt he had improvement in both areas in his outing Wednesday, May 7, when he had a scoreless ninth inning. He had allowed four runs and three walks in 1 1/3 innings in his last two appearances (one blown save and a loss).
Fantasy Tip: Axford's shaky outings of late has many speculating that Cody Allen or even Bryan Shaw may start to see some save chances in his stead. Allen should be your first target if you're speculating for a change at the back end of the 'pen, but it might be a little premature, especially if Axford's fixes take hold.
Wed, 07 May 2014 06:19:54 -0700
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said he still has confidence in CL John Axford. "He's our closer," Francona said. "When you start running from guys as opposed to trying to get them back to where they need to be, that can be unsettling for a team."
Wed, 07 May 2014 06:15:44 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP Bryan Shaw filled in for CL John Axford and recorded the save Tuesday, May 6.