John Axford RP COL 28 Days

Axford has had his contract picked up by the Rockies.

Axford could now compete with LaTroy Hawkins for the closer role and conceivably win if he impresses the Colorado brass. The key will be regaining the snap in his curveball or further developing the cutter he began using in 2014.

John Axford RP COL 2 Months

Axford agreed to a minor league contract with the Rockies, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

Axford was outrighted off of the Pirates' 40-man roster in November after 13 games with the club, posting a 4.09 ERA. He spent the majority of his 2014 season with the Indians, putting up a 3.92 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. The 31-year-old will likely get a shot to make the big league club in spring training as a mid-inning option out of the bullpen.

John Axford RP COL 5 Months

Axford was outrighted off the Pirates' 40-man roster and will become a minor league free agent.

Axford has pitched on four teams over the past two seasons, and will look to join a fifth organization as a mid-inning righty out of the bullpen.

John Axford RP COL 5 Months

Axford has been designated for assignment by the Pirates.

The former closer made 13 appearances for the Pirates, compiling a 12:6 K:BB and allowing nine hits over 11 innings. He'll likely end up a free agent in the coming days, with the hope of latching a guaranteed deal somewhere for 2015.

John Axford RP COL 8 Months

Axford made his Pirates' debut Friday, striking out two in a perfect inning of work.

He put together a solid run at the end of last season after joining the Cardinals, and the Bucs are hoping lightning can strike twice for Axford. Even if he pitches well in a setup role though, don't look for him to challenge Mark Melancon for the closer spot.

John Axford RP COL 8 Months

The Indians have agreed to trade Axford to the Pirates, Ken Rosenthal of reports.

A four-run blowup against the Yankees last Friday proved a fitting end to the 31-year-old's tenure in Cleveland. Axford was removed from the closer role a little over a month into the season and ended up posting a 3.92 ERA and 1.47 WHIP across 49 appearances. He did show some improvement in July (2.00), and Pirates pitching coach Ray Searge has been known to work magic with struggling hurlers, but Axford isn't a threat to Mark Melancon.

John Axford RP COL 10 Months

Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that the team's eventual goal is to have John Axford return to the closer's role.

Francona did say that he likes how Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are performing in the ninth inning and that a change isn't imminent. While Axford has pitched better in recent weeks, he still issues far too many walks to be trusted with the game on the line.

John Axford RP COL 11 Months

John Axford has been removed from the Indians' closer role.

Indians manager Terry Francona made that announcement on Saturday evening. Axford has an ugly 4.91 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 14 2/3 innings this season, and will pitch in mid-relief until he can get back on track. Francona said the Tribe will use a ninth-inning committee made up of Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski, and Scott Atchison. Allen is probably the best guy to pick up in fantasy.

John Axford RP COL 11 Months

John Axford picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning as the Indians walked off against the Twins on Wednesday.

Axford put runners on first and second with two outs after allowing a double and a walk in the top of the ninth inning, but was able to get Sam Fuld to foul out to end the threat. Mike Aviles knocked in the winning run in the bottom half of the inning, giving Axford his first win of the season.

John Axford RP COL 11 Months

John Axford took his third loss after giving up a solo homer in a scoreless game in the 10th inning Monday against the Twins.

Axford was pitching for the third straight day after also taking a blown save and a loss on Sunday. He was 9-for-10 in save chances with a 2.31 ERA as of two days ago, so he's not at an immediate risk of losing his job. The Indians do know that Cody Allen is their best reliever, but they'd just as soon leave Axford in the closer's role as long as he's adequate. Since Axford will need Tuesday off, perhaps Allen will get a save chance then.