Oct 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Axford throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th inning in game one of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

John Axford's one-year deal with Indians could be for three years

The Cleveland Indians searched and searched for help at the back end of their bullpen this offseason and finally settled on John Axford.

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.

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