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Cubs, reliever John Axford showing mutual interest

Dec 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Despite a solid showing in a limited sample of innings at the end of the 2013 regular season and in the post-season with the Cardinals, reliever John Axford was non-tendered as he was set to earn at least $4 million following back-to-back poor seasons with the Brewers and falling out of the closer’s role. MLB’s collective bargaining agreement stipulates that a player’s salary cannot be cut by more than 20 percent through the arbitration process. Now a free agent, Axford is free to negotiate with any team and his future salaries are not dictated by the 20 percent rule.

CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney is reporting that Axford and the Cubs have shown mutual interest. Axford had taken to Twitter humorously clamoring for a job, tweeting:

The Cubs are taking him at his word, looking to move on from a theatrical close to the Kevin Gregg era in Chicago. Axford will turn 31 years old on April 1 and, if his performance towards the end of 2013 is to be believed, still has a little something left in the tank.

  1. cur68 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Hope he grows the mullet back.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    The phrase “Kevin Gregg era” makes fans of teams that he has pitched for ill.

  3. packfan0492 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Why don’t the cubs and brewers field a team together than just picking up each other’s players.

    • nymets4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Probably bc the Brewers intend to actually win a World Series at some point…

  4. patpatriot7 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Would you be willing to grow a beard and become a member of what is looking more and more like a great bullpen group? P.S. Must be able to shag game winning home run balls in right field bullpen.

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