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Indians sign former Brewers’ closer, John Axford

John Axford, during the glory days (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

John Axford, during the glory days (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians have reportedly signed¬†former Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford, according to both ESPN’s Buster Olney and mlb.com’s Tribe reporter, Jordan Bastian.

It’s unknown just how much the reported deal is for, but Bastian speculates that it’s likely to be a one year contract, because the Indians would still have two more years of control on the arbitration eligible player.

It’s hard to speculate on just how much the Indians will pay him, but it’s likely not a stretch to say that they are likely to be in the neighborhood of Joe Smith and Edward Mujica money. Smith signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal, while Mujica signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal.

Obviously the Indians would like the idea of one year and control, and if they can bring him in at around $5 million, they would likely consider that a win based on the fact that their closer last year made over $2 million more than that, and was scheduled to be in the ballpark of $10 million this season. While that contract will no doubt take the Indians to the cusp of their money ceiling, they may be looking at him as a savings, especially with other closers likely to command anywhere from $7 million to $9 million.
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Indians reportedly make an offer to reliever John Axford

John Axford (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

John Axford (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

The Cleveland Indians have reportedly made an offer to former Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford, according to CBS Sports baseball insider, Jon Heyman.

Axford led the National League in saves in 2011, when he saved 46 games in 74 games and 73 2/3 innings, and came in with a 1.95 ERA.

Over a three-year stretch, from 2010 through 2012, Axford saved 105 ballgames for the Brewers before losing his role at the beginning of 2013 after struggling in 2012, and at the start of 2013.

Axford had been removed as Milwaukee’s closer in July of 2012, but was later reinstated, and saved 17 of his final 18 save opportunities that season.
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