John Axford#34, RP, St. Louis
- April 1, 1983
- Birth Place:
- Simcoe, Ontario
- Undrafted. Signed by the New York Yankees
— Player Notes
Advice: The Indians cut ties with Chris Perez after the season, so they monitoring the market for alternatives. Axford comes with previous closer experience and could sign at a reasonable price. The Mariners, Orioles, and Cubs have also expressed interest.Rotoworld
Advice: All three clubs have unsettled ninth inning situations, which would certainly appeal to Axford. The 30-year-old was non-tendered by the Cardinals last week but isn't going to have trouble getting someone to bet on him bouncing back. He put up a 4.02 ERA with 65 strikeouts over 65 innings for the Brewers and Cardinals in 2013.
More: Jon Heyman on TwitterTue, Dec 10 Rotoworld
Advice: Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this week, but his agent, Dan Horwits, said Wednesday that his client has already received interest from 14 teams. Not only is Axford an intriguing bounce-back candidate, but the team that signs him would also have control of him through 2016. That kind of interest could lead to someone giving him a shot as a closer, and it sounds like the Cubs could be that club.
More: CSNChicago.comSun, Dec 8 Rotoworld
Advice: Axford is due to make over $5 million in the arbitration process, which the Cardinals deem too much for a guy that wouldn't even be a setup man for them. The reliever did finished the year strongly in St. Louis, though, and will likely see if he can find a closing job somewhere.
More: Derrick Goold on TwitterFri, Dec 6 Rotoworld
Advice: This wouldn't come as a huge surprise, as Axford is in his second year of arbitration eligibility and would likely earn between $4 and $5 million through the process. He could attract interest on the open market from teams in search of a closer, so fantasy owners speculating for saves in early drafts would be wise to give him a look in the later rounds.
More: MLB.comMon, Dec 2 Rotoworld
|Last 10 Games||Season To Date|
|Sep 28||ChC||W 6-2||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||1||7||7||0||7||19||65.0||4.02|
|Sep 22||@Mil||L 4-6||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||1||7||7||0||7||19||64.0||4.08|
|Sep 20||@Mil||W 7-6||W||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||7||7||0||7||19||63.0||4.14|
|Sep 19||@Col||L 6-7||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||1||6||7||0||6||19||62.1||4.19|
|Sep 17||@Col||W 11-4||-||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||2||6||7||0||6||19||61.1||4.26|
|Sep 16||@Col||L 2-6||-||0.1||2||0||0||0||0||1||6||7||0||6||19||60.2||4.30|
|Sep 15||Sea||W 12-2||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||6||7||0||6||19||60.1||4.33|
|Sep 11||Mil||W 5-1||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||2||6||7||0||6||19||59.1||4.40|
|Sep 8||Pit||W 9-2||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||3||6||7||0||6||19||58.1||4.47|
|Sep 6||Pit||W 12-8||-||0.0||1||2||1||0||0||0||6||7||0||6||19||57.1||4.55|