John Axford

RP / Colorado Rockies / EXP: YRS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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      John Axford: Now a free agent

      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.

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      Rockies' John Axford: Designated for assignment

      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.

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      Rockies RP John Axford allows four runs in Wednesday's loss

      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.

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      Rockies RP John Axford records 24th save of the season

      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.

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      Rockies closer John Axford blows first save since regaining 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.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Rockies RP John Axford gets save No. 22 on Friday

      Rockies closer John Axford worked around a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning, closing out the 4-2 win over the Mariners on Friday. Axford earned his 22nd save of the season, and has now converted each of his last six save opportunities.

    • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

      Rockies RP John Axford picks up 18th save

      John Axford did not have a smooth ninth inning for the Rockies, but he was able to hold on and preserve his team's win over the Braves on Wednesday for his 18th save of the season. Axford allowed two hits in the ninth, allowing the tying run to come to the plate with two outs, but he struck out pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco to end the game. It's only Axford's second save of the month and just his third since July 10.

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      Rockies new/old closer John Axford earns first save in six weeks

      John Axford just got his closer job back for the Rockies. He took the first step in maintaining it on Thursday. Axford blanked Washington in the ninth to secure a one-run victory and his 17th save of the season. He allowed a leadoff single to Bryce Harper and a two-out walk to Ryan Zimmerman, but fanned Michael Taylor to end it. He wound up striking out the side.

    • by Sean d'Oliveira |

      Rockies RP John Axford returning to closer role

      Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday that John Axford has pitched well lately and will return to his closer's role, reports Axford was removed from the closer's role in late July after failing to convert five saves. He has not allowed a run in four of his last five appearances.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Rockies remove John Axford as closer, going with committee

      The Rockies have made a change in the back-end of their bullpen. Manager Walt Weiss has removed John Axford from the closer's role, after he record his fifth blown save of the season, and fourth in a row on Thursday. "I had a conversation with John a little earlier and I told him I was going to get him out of that ninth inning for a little bit and let him catch his breath," Weiss said Friday, per The Denver Post. Axford, who once saved 46 games in a season, got off to a blazing start in 2015. He had converted each of his first 12 save opportunities and gave up just one earned run over his first 20 appearances. But he has struggled lately, posting a whopping 12.15 ERA over his past nine outings. "I'm not so bullheaded as to say that I want to pitch in the ninth inning and that's how it has to be," Axford said. "I have pitched in other innings and I've had success in other innings. A lot of my success has come in the ninth, but that's also where some of the pain comes. "Stepping away definitely could be beneficial. It's worked before for me. It worked in 2012." Weiss indicated he will likely go with a closer-by-committee approach, with the likes of Rafael Betancourt, Tommy Kahnle and Justin Miller as potential ninth-inning options. "We have a few different options down there, so it will probably come down match-ups and who is available," Weiss said. "So there will be a few different guys throwing at the end."

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