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MLB: Indians, CP John Axford Agree to 1-Year, $4.5 M Deal
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MLB: Indians, CP John Axford Agree to 1-Year, $4.5 M Deal

Dec 16 2013, 11:52pm CST | by

The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with closer John Axford on Dec. 16.

The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with closer John Axford on Dec. 16.  Jordan Bastian of the Indians' official website wrote more details about the deal.  "The...

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MLB: Indians, CP John Axford Agree to 1-Year, $4.5 M Deal

Dec 16 2013, 11:52pm CST | by

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The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with closer John Axford on Dec. 16.

The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with closer John Axford on Dec. 16. 

Jordan Bastian of the Indians' official website wrote more details about the deal

"The Indians have been searching for an answer for their closer role since the final week of the regular season. Cleveland is taking a chance on John Axford with the hope that he can rekindle his career as one of the game's elite stoppers. 

"According to multiple sources, the Indians have reached an agreement with free-agent Axford on a one-year contract worth $4.5 million for the 2014 season, pending the completion of a physical on Wednesday. The pact would include another $1.75 million in incentives based on games finished.

"The Indians have not made any official comment about the deal." 

Bastian adds the Indians had been in discussions with Axford as well as other late-inning pitchers such as Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Fernando Rodney and Edward Mujica during last week's Winter Meetings. These talks were spurred by the release of former closer Chris Perez, who was released by the team on Oct. 31. 

Prior to the Axford acquisition, Cleveland was thinking about putting either Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw in the role vacated by Perez. However, manager Terry Francona made it clear he prefers to have both Allen and Shaw in set-up roles, per Bastian.

Other teams, including the Chicago Cubs, were reprtedly interested in the 30-year-old Axford's services, according to ESPN. 

Axford spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers but was eventually dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals last season. In 62 appearances for the Brewers, he had six blown saves, writes Tom Russo of The Associated Press. 

His best season came in 2011, when he posted a 2-2 record with a 1.95 ERA and 46 saves. 

The Axford deal coincides with the departure of Matt Albers, who signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Houston Astros. Albers, Perez and Joe Smith were part of a Cleveland bullpen that "went 33-16 with a 3.62 ERA and 38 saves. They ranked eighth in ERA in the 15-team American League," as pointed out by Paul Hoynes of The Northeast Ohio Media Group. 

For his part, Smith signed a three-year, $15.75 million offer from the Los Angeles Angels

The 6'5", 220-lb. Axford, a native of Simcoe, Canada, has a career record of 22-19 with 106 saves and an ERA of 3.29 in 273.2 innings, per ESPN stats

 
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Aug 15 2014 2:28pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

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Indians outfielder Bourn returns from 15-day DL

Aug 15 2014 2:28pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — The Indians are getting some speed back to help in their run at the playoffs. Cleveland activated centre fielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list Friday, giving them their quick leadoff hitter and a player capable of making things happen on the base paths and in the outfield. Bourn, who has slowed by a nagging left hamstring injury all season, had been on the DL since July 6 because of lingering issues with the hamstring, which he had surgery on last October. He recently ...
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Indians outfielder Bourn returns from 15-day DL

Aug 15 2014 2:28pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — The Indians have activated centre fielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list. Bourn has been slowed by a nagging hamstring injury all season. He has been on the DL since July 6 because of the hamstring, which he had surgery on last October. He recently had rehab stints with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Bourn is batting .267 with 7 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBIs and 37 runs in ...
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Indians outfielder Bourn returns from 15-day DL

Aug 15 2014 2:28pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — The Indians have activated centre fielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list. Bourn has been slowed by a nagging hamstring injury all season. He has been on the DL since July 6 because of the hamstring, which he had surgery on last October. He recently had rehab stints with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Bourn is batting .267 with 7 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBIs and 37 runs in his second season with Cleveland. He’s returning ...
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Indians outfielder Bourn returns from 15-day DL

Aug 15 2014 2:28pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — The Indians have activated centre fielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list. Bourn has been slowed by a nagging hamstring injury all season. He has been on the DL since July 6 because of the hamstring, which he had surgery on last October. He recently had rehab stints with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Bourn is batting .267 with 7 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBIs and 37 runs in his second season with Cleveland. He’s returning to the Indians in time for the opener of ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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5 weeks ago

Indians outfielder Bourn returns from 15-day DL

Aug 15 2014 2:28pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — The Indians have activated centre fielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list. Bourn has been slowed by a nagging hamstring injury all season. He has been on the DL since July 6 because of the hamstring, which he had surgery on last October. He recently had rehab stints with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Bourn is batting .267 with 7 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBIs and 37 runs in his second sea ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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5 weeks ago

Indians outfielder Bourn returns from 15-day DL

Aug 15 2014 2:28pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — The Indians have activated centre fielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list. Bourn has been slowed by a nagging hamstring injury all season. He has been on the DL since July 6 because of the hamstring, which he had surgery on last October. He recently had rehab stints with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Bourn is batting .267 with 7 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBIs and 37 runs in his second season with Cleveland. He’s returning to the Indian ...
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Pirates claim Axford on waivers, source says

Aug 14 2014 4:02pm CDT | Source: ESPN.com - MLB

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a move to strengthen their bullpen for the stretch run, acquiring right-handed reliever John Axford from the Cleveland Indians in a straight waiver claim, a source told ESPN ...
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Butler’s two-run HR lifts Royals past Indians

Jul 25 2014 10:40pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Struggling Billy Butler found himself in a strange place, on the bench and out of the Kansas City Royals starting lineup. But Butler was needed late on Friday night and he delivered a pinch two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to send the Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win. Carlos Santana homered twice for the Indians, who have lost five of six. Butler connected aga ...
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