Axford passed through waivers unclaimed and is now a free agent, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. With no team placing a waiver claim on Axford after he was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week, the right-hander is now free to explore all his options on the open market. Axford served as the closer in Colorado throughout most of 2015, but it was not due to strong performance, as he walked 32 in 55.2 innings and at one point blew four straight save opportunities.
Axford was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. The 32-year-old was able to hold onto the closer job for most of the year after taking over for Adam Ottavino in early May, which speaks far more to the lack of options in Colorado than Axford's performance. He posted a 4.20 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 55.2 innings, blowing six saves in 31 chances. Axford figures to become a free agent if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Rockies pitcher John Axford was lit up for four runs on three hits and a walk while recording just one out in Wednesday's 13-7 loss to the Pirates. Axford entered the top of the ninth inning with the Rockies facing a 7-6 deficit, but quickly squandered any chance of a comeback by allowing a bases-clearing double to Sean Rodriguez. The ugly outing was a rare misstep for Axford in the last few weeks, as he had given up only two runs over his previous 14 2/3 innings.
Rockies relief pitcher John Axford allowed a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 24th save in a 7-4 win over the Padres on Friday. Axford blew a save in his last outing, but that can be chalked up to bad luck, as an infield and bloop hit did him in. Aside from that, Axford has been sparkling since regaining the closer's role. Since August 13, Axford has allowed just two runs, while striking out 20 batters in 14.2 innings. The velocity is what's most impressive, as he's been hitting upper-90's regularly since his insertion back into the closer's role.
Rockies closer John Axford had been lights-out since returning to that role. But he was charged with his sixth blown save of the season after giving up a run on two hits and a walk in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday in an eventual victory over the Dodgers. Axford was the ninth pitcher to enter the game for the Rockies on a night in which manager Walt Weiss burned through a MLB-record 13 pitchers. It was the first run Axford had allowed since Aug. 13.