The St. Louis Cardinals added depth to their bullpen today as they acquired right handed relief pitcher John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later.
Axford has been up and down in his early career since his breakout 2011 season. He’s posted a 4.57 ERA over 137 relief appearances with 147 strikeouts over 124 innings.
This will give them a good mix of relief pitching and could possible give the Cardinals a nice right handed pitcher to pair with left handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist in the seventh ahead of Trevor Rosenthal and Edward Mujica.
The 30 year old pitcher finished ninth in 2012 on the National League Cy Young ballot. Axford can still cause batters to miss, but lacks control.
It’s no secret that St. Louis has had one of the best pitching staffs this season. Axford leaves the Milwaukee Brewers with a 6-7 record, who did not record a save the entire season. He ranks second on the all-time franchise list in saves with 106, trailing Dan Plesac who has 133 saves recorded.
He recorded 46 saves during the 2011 season, which set a franchise record.