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Pirates acquire reliever John Axford from Indians

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Pirates have added John Axford's veteran arm to the bullpen. (USATSI)
The Pirates have added John Axford's veteran arm to the bullpen. (USATSI)

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The Pirates on Thursday acquired right-handed reliever John Axford from the Indians via waiver claim, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed.

Axford, 31, has pitched to a 3.92 ERA (96 ERA+) and 1.70 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings for Cleveland this season. For his career, he owns an ERA of 3.38 (118 ERA+) across parts of six major-league seasons. In 2011 with the Brewers, Axford led the NL in saves and finished ninth in the NL Cy Young balloting. He's owed the balance of a $4.5-million salary for 2014.

Ernesto Frieri earlier on Thursday accepted an assignment to Triple-A, so that left the Pirates with a vacancy in the bullpen.

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