Having already flamed out in Milwaukee and Cleveland, the erratic, homer-prone John Axford put his career out of its misery by signing with the Rockies last February. OK, so that's not exactly how it went down -- he actually did lead the team with 25 saves and legitimately deserved a look in the role after allowing one earned run in his first 15 appearances. But then when he went back to normal and the Rockies tried replacing him, they came to realize he was their only choice and suffered through him again in September. Apart from the strikeout rate, his numbers aren't closer-worthy, and when you consider he had a 5.40 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over the final four months ... well, let's just say he probably won't be getting any save chances for the Athletics.
Axford signed with the Athletics on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Axford serves as the closer for the Rockies last season, notching 25 saves, his highest total since 2012. However, he posted a 4.20 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP with a 62:32 K:BB ratio in 55.2 innings. It's unclear as to what his role will be in Oakland, but he does have experience closing in addition to working before the ninth inning.
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.