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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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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 against John Axford, sending a drive over the Royals ...
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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 connect ...
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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. — Pinch-hitter Billy Butler’s two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Butler connected against John Axford, sending a drive over the Royals’ bullpen in left field. Butler was hitting just .200 in his previous 20 games with two RBIs before pinch-hitting for Raul Ibanez. Kel ...
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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 against John Axford, ...
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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 against John Axford, sending a drive over ...
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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. — Pinch-hitter Billy Butler’s two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Butler connected against John Axford, sending a drive over the Royals’ bullpen in left field. Butler was hitting just .200 in his previous 20 games with two RBIs before pinch-hitting for Raul Ibanez. Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Aaron Crow worked aro ...
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Trade Market For Right-Handed Relievers

Jul 25 2014 2:46pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Needless to say, right-handed relief pitching is perhaps the most-moved asset during July. Last year, things got started with a swap of righties Carlos Marmol and Matt Guerrier, with Mitchell Boggs, Francisco Rodriguez, Guillermo Moscoso, Jesse Crain, and Jose Veras also moving in July. The August revocable waiver trade period saw John Axford and Vic Black change hands. Significant movement has already occurred this year, of course, with Ernesto Frieri and Jason ...
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Aoki's 14th-inning hit lifts Royals over Indians

Jul 24 2014 11:59pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nori Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on Thursday night. Cain opened the 14th with an infield single and stole second before Aoki delivered the winning hit off John Axford on a full-count pitch with one out. Aaron Crow (5-1), the seventh Kansas City pitcher, earned the victory -- striking out the side in a per ...
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Indians defeat Red Sox in 11th, split series

Jun 15 2014 5:01pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — Nick Swisher led off the 11th inning with a homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday to gain a split of the four-game series. It was Swisher’s fourth homer of the season and first since being activated from the disabled list on Thursday before the series opener. For the second straight day, Cleveland won after trailing Boston 2-1 in the seventh. The Red Sox wasted an excellent opportunity to win the game in the ninth w ...
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Indians top Red Sox, snap four-game losing skid

Jun 14 2014 6:47pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — Jason Kipnis had three hits and the Cleveland Indians rallied with two runs in the seventh inning on Saturday to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 and snap a four-game losing streak. Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley each had a pair of hits for Cleveland, which had lost eight of its past nine games at Fenway Park. John Axford (2-3) earned the win with one scoreless inning in relief of T.J. House. Cody Alle ...
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