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  1. 2015 Free Agent Tracker

    Nov 27, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

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    Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.

  2. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  3. Pirates acquire Justin Sellers from Indians

    Oct 25, 2014, 12:29 PM EST

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    The Pirates also designated right-handers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

  4. Reds beat Pirates on grand slam from Ramon Santiago; Cardinals’ magic number down to one

    Sep 27, 2014, 5:34 PM EST

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    With the loss by the Pirates, the Cardinals can clinch the National League Central with a win over the Diamondbacks tonight.

  5. Pirates claim John Axford off waivers from Indians

    Aug 14, 2014, 4:26 PM EST

    John Axford

    Looking to add more bullpen help after the Jason Grilli-for-Ernesto Frieri swap worked out so horribly, the Pirates have acquired right-hander John Axford from the Indians.

  6. Terry Francona wants John Axford back in the closer’s role eventually

    Jun 7, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    John Axford

    The Indians’ closer-by-committee has been working well, but manager Terry Francona wants John Axford to take over the closer’s role eventually.

  7. Indians take John Axford out of his role as closer

    May 10, 2014, 7:45 PM EST

    John Axford

    The Indians removed the struggling John Axford out of his role as the team’s closer, and will go with a closer-by-committee for the time being.

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 5, 2014, 5:00 AM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    What a fun, relaxing weekend. Not just for all of us who watched races and sipped julep. It was relaxing for Carlos Beltran too.

  9. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 14, 2014, 5:00 AM EST

    Andrelton Simmons

    The other owners will have to ratify the move at their next meeting, but as of yesterday it’s all but official: the Braves now own the Nationals. 

  10. Indians demote former stud setup man Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A

    Apr 9, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

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    Not so long ago Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano was one of the best relievers in baseball, throwing 132 innings with a 2.45 ERA and 160 strikeouts between 2011 and 2012, but he struggled with elbow problems last season and is now headed back to the minors at age 28.

  11. 2014 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 21, 2014, 12:12 PM EST

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Did the Indians lose too much pitching? After four consecutive losing seasons the Indians…

  12. John Axford learned from Cardinal coaches that he was tipping his pitches

    Jan 12, 2014, 10:30 PM EST

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    Indians reliever John Axford was a Cardinal for less than two months, including the post-season, at the end of 2013, but it was invaluable. Per John Lott of the National Post, Axford learned from his Cardinal coaches that he had been tipping his pitches. On John Axford’s first day with the St. Louis Cardinals, his…

  13. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

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    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  14. Grant Balfour’s deal with Orioles in “serious jeopardy” due to shoulder issue

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:22 PM EST

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    The Orioles reportedly reached a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent closer Grant Balfour earlier this week, but the agreement has hit a snag. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Balfour’s deal with Baltimore is in serious jeopardy due to issues with his physical that “need to be resolved.” While the signing was supposed…

  15. Indians to sign John Axford

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EST

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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…

  16. Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a closer soon

    Dec 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EST

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    Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a new closer soon. After releasing Chris Perez at the end of October, the Indians are currently without a closer and prefer to bring in one from outside rather than promote Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw. Hoynes writes that the…

  17. UPDATE: Orioles haven’t made offer to Nelson Cruz

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:16 PM EST

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    The Orioles have been pretty quiet at this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but it sounds like that could change soon. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have made offers to outfielder Nelson Cruz and closer Grant Balfour. No word on the specifics, but the thought is that they are willing to offer…

  18. Cubs, Orioles and Mariners among teams with interest in free agent reliever John Axford

    Dec 8, 2013, 2:44 PM EST

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    John Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month, but the 30-year-old right-hander won’t have trouble finding a new place to pitch. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs, Orioles and Mariners have all expressed interest in Axford since the Cardinals let him go. And those teams may even offer him the opportunity…

  19. Cubs, reliever John Axford showing mutual interest

    Dec 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Division Series - St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Three

    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…

  20. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EST

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    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  21. Cardinals unlikely to tender a contract to John Axford

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

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    Cardinals reliever John Axford is eligible for arbitration for the second time in his career and he is looking at a raise over 2013’s $5 million salary, despite posting a combined 4.35 ERA over the past two seasons. As salaries cannot be cut by more than 20 percent, he will make at least $4 million…

  22. John Axford will turn your car off for you if you leave it running

    Nov 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    One man’s good deed is another man failing to mind his own damn business. Your mileage will likely vary, but I find this amusing either way: Was just putting this into someone’s car when they came back. They were not impressed…So I kept the sign! @TheChive pic.twitter.com/rD3Uyp4CA4 — John Axford (@JohnAxford) November 19, 2013 Question:…

  23. Cardinals will be back … and often

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:24 AM EST

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    It’s going to be a somber plane ride back to St. Louis for the Cardinals following Wednesday night’s World Series ouster at Fenway Park, but these birds will be playing on big stages for years and years to come. There may not be a team in baseball that is better-poised for an extended run of…

  24. Red Sox roll to 8-1 victory in World Series Game 1

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:29 PM EST

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    There was a party Wednesday night at Fenway Park. And the Cardinals were merely serving the cocktails. Jon Lester threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Red Sox offense tagged the vaunted St. Louis staff early and late as Boston captured Game 1 of the World Series in an 8-1 rout. The only Cardinals run…

  25. Do the Red Sox or the Cardinals have the World Series pitching edge?

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    This postseason has been dominated by pitching, so who has the arms advantage in the World Series? During the regular season the Red Sox ranked sixth among AL teams in runs allowed and the Cardinals ranked fifth among NL teams in runs allowed, but overall totals can be misleading when it comes to evaluating the…

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