John Axford RP OAK 3 weeks ago

X-rays on Axford's left foot came back negative after being hit by a liner from Xander Bogaerts on Monday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Axford actually remained in the game to pitch a full inning where he gave up four earned runs on two hits. While there still may be lingering soreness, it doesn't appear that Axford will need a day off to rest his ailing foot.

John Axford RP OAK 1 month ago

Axford tossed 1.1 scoreless frames, allowing a hit and striking out one in the Athletics 7-3 victory over the Yankees on Thursday. He earned the hold.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Axford has been dominant in the early going this season, giving up only six hits in nine innings while giving up no earned runs. The 33-year-old has a firm lockdown on seventh and eighth inning situations and he's leading the team in holds with four. The 6-5 righty, who also has two wins this year, will likely continue to serve as a late-inning relief option going forward.

John Axford RP OAK 2 months ago

Axford threw a scoreless frame on Thursday and has not allowed a run so far in four spring appearances.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Axford, along with Ryan Madson and Liam Hendriks, is one of the setup men the A's acquired to help rebuild their terrible 2015 bullpen. Axford will likely be called upon in the sixth or seventh inning most often, but is likely behind Madson for saves if Sean Doolittle should falter or get hurt. Axford could provide some value for leagues that count holds, but is not likely to help in saves.

John Axford RP OAK 6 months ago

Axford signed with the Athletics on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Axford serves as the closer for the Rockies last season, notching 25 saves, his highest total since 2012. However, he posted a 4.20 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP with a 62:32 K:BB ratio in 55.2 innings. It's unclear as to what his role will be in Oakland, but he does have experience closing in addition to working before the ninth inning.

John Axford RP OAK 6 months ago

Axford passed through waivers unclaimed and is now a free agent, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With no team placing a waiver claim on Axford after he was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week, the right-hander is now free to explore all his options on the open market. Axford served as the closer in Colorado throughout most of 2015, but it was not due to strong performance, as he walked 32 in 55.2 innings and at one point blew four straight save opportunities.

John Axford RP OAK 6 months ago

Axford was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old was able to hold onto the closer job for most of the year after taking over for Adam Ottavino in early May, which speaks far more to the lack of options in Colorado than Axford's performance. He posted a 4.20 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 55.2 innings, blowing six saves in 31 chances. Axford figures to become a free agent if he passes through waivers unclaimed.

John Axford RP OAK 8 months ago

Axford pitched a clean ninth inning to earn his 25th save of the season in Friday's win over the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Axford has now converted nine of his last 10 save chances. The opportunities haven't been plentiful this season for Axford, who temporarily lost the closer's role in late July following a string of four consecutive blown saves. Aside from that rough patch, he's been one of the Rockies' more reliable bullpen arms, though his rather mediocre 4.36 ERA illustrates how poor the relief corps has been this season.

John Axford RP OAK 8 months ago

Axford was lit up for four runs on three hits and a walk while recording just one out in Wednesday's 13-7 loss to the Pirates.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Axford entered the top of the ninth inning with the Rockies facing a 7-6 deficit, but quickly squandered any chance of a comeback by allowing a bases-clearing double to Sean Rodriguez. The ugly outing was a rare misstep for Axford in the last few weeks, as he had given up only two runs over his previous 14.2 innings.

John Axford RP OAK 8 months ago

Axford allowed a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 24th save in a 7-4 win over the Padres on Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Axford blew a save in his last outing, but that can be chalked up to bad luck, as an infield and bloop hit did him in. Aside from that Axford has been sparkling since regaining the closer's role. Since August 13, Axford has allowed just two runs while striking out 20 batters in 14.2 innings. The velocity is what's most impressive, as he's been hitting upper-90's regularly since his insertion back into the closer's role.

John Axford RP OAK 8 months ago

Axford was charged with his sixth blown save of the season after giving up a run on two hits and a walk in the bottom of the 11th inning of Tuesday's 16-inning victory over the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Axford was the ninth pitcher to enter the game for the Rockies on a night where manager Walt Weiss would burn through a MLB-record 13 pitchers. It was the first run Axford had allowed since Aug. 13 and his first blown save since taking back the closer's role from Tommy Kahnle.