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Indians to sign John Axford

Dec 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Indians are expected to sign free agent reliever John Axford. We learned earlier that Indians president Mark Shapiro was expecting to sign a reliever soon and he moved quickly in talks with Axford.

Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals on December 2 and has drawn interest from a number of teams, including the Orioles, Cubs, and Mariners. The right-hander should be expected to close, while Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw remain in their eighth-inning roles. Axford had lost his role as closer with the Brewers to Jim Henderson, and the Brewers eventually traded Axford to the Cardinals for Michael Blazek at the end of August, so it will be compelling to see if he can bounce back in the ninth inning.

Update:’s Jordan Bastian confirms. The deal is pending a physical. Bastian adds:

  1. roanboon - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    As a Brewer fan I am happy he’s outside the division because I will continue to cheer for his success.

  2. janessa31888 - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    He seems like a really cool guy. But is he any good? I havent heard much about him recently. Hopefully, hes not the type to throw the fans under the bus. We’ve certainly had enough of that.

    • assuredsvcsllc - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      He can be good, and he can be frustrating to watch when his fastball is flat and down the middle with no movement.

      He’s involved in the community, spent some time with our little league last year teaching them how to pitch as kids. That was after his demotion. He doesn’t have to do those things, but he does. My son still talks about that experience. I have never heard him complain about his role, his teammates and certainly not fans.

      • Kevin Gillman - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        He might be a good fit with this team too, and it looks like he is under our control for 3 years, being arbitration eligible for the next 2 years.

  3. bigpoppa5501 - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Good luck with that one Cleveland!

    Signed, Brewer Nation

    Actually, when he was on…great reliever.

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