Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:23:20 -0800
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said the team will limit innings in spring training for RP Cody Allen and RP John Axford. Both are on the club as the team continues to look at other relievers.
Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:48:12 -0800
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford learned plenty in his previous stop with the St. Louis Cardinals. The coaches sat him down last summer after he was acquired, letting him know he had been tipping his pitches. "I recall, sitting in that room when they told me that, a few different games running through my mind, including blown saves, and thinking, 'Maybe that's why they didn't swing at that slider that was just out of the zone'," Axford said. He ended up posting a 1.74 ERA in 13 games with the Cardinals, and posting a 1.59 ERA in six postseason appearances. Axford parlayed that success into a $4.5 million deal which could climb to $6.25 million with incentives.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:30:02 -0800
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford can make an extra $1.75 million in incentives next year based on games finished: $250,000 for 38 and $300,000 each for 43, 48, 53, 58 and 63.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:43:54 -0800
The Cleveland Indians are confident that RP John Axford can be a successful closer for them after he made some mechanical adjustments after being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals last year. "He has maintained an elite fastball with a very good secondary pitch," said general manager Chris Antonetti. "As we looked at a lot of information -- subjective information from our scouts, video analysis, analytics -- they all pointed to a bounce back." Axford noted that his velocity was down considerably at the beginning of last season after he pitched in the World Baseball Classic.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:29:08 -0800
The Cleveland Indians officially signed RP John Axford to be their closer next season.
Fantasy Tip: Axford is a low-risk investment for both the Tribe and fantasy gamers that take a chance on him in the late rounds next season. He successfully became less dominant in favor of more control, so don't expect him to return to his double-digit K/9 numbers he displayed in Milwaukee. He still generates enough ground balls to be effective, but he remains volatile if he loses control and allows frequent base runners.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:44:34 -0800
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford will make $4.5 million plus incentives as part of his one-year deal with the team.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:06:06 -0800
The Cleveland Indians agreed with free-agent RP John Axford (Cardinals) on an undisclosed deal.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:52:55 -0800
The New York Mets met with the agents for free-agent RP John Axford (Cardinals) and RP Kevin Gregg (Cubs) Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:55:52 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles have had discussions with free-agent RP John Axford (Cardinals).
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:51:34 -0800
The Cleveland Indians are considering free-agent RP John Axford (Cardinals) to fill their closer role in 2014. They are believed to have extended an offer. The Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners are also interested in filling the back end of their bullpens.