Pirates acquire reliever John Axford from Indians

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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