Axford most recently spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals and pitched very well, though the sample size was quite small. Prior to that, the veteran reliever closed for the Milwaukee Brewers and did so at an extremely effective rate. Unfortunately, Axford seemed to hit a wall which eventually forced the Brewers to remove him from the role, a role he was unable to get back.
The former closer received a vast amount of interest this offseason, likely due to the fact that he still maintains arbitrational eligibility, meaning Axford’s one year contract could actually turn into a three year deal:
No details yet, but Axford’s deal is likely a 1-year pact due to his having two more arbitration years after the coming season.
It’s a perfect contract for the Indians as they are only forced to commit to Axford for one season, but also will retain the right to bring him back for the 2015 and 2016 seasons considering he’d still be under team control.