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Posts tagged ‘John Axford’

Roster Moves – Week 24 – September 4th, 2012

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Luke Gregerson, Padres ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • OF Chris Denorfia, Padres ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • C Kelly Shoppach, Mets ($0 bid, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • 2B Logan Forsythe (to UT)
  • RP Santiago Casilla
  • RP John Axford

Down: 

  • OF Jose Tabata
  • UT Jimmy Paredes
  • SP Jake Westbrook
  • SP Mark Rogers

Cut:

  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • OF Eric Young, Jr.
  • C Rob Brantly

Notes:

  • RP Kenley Jansen is out indefinitely with a heart-related condition (just like in 2011). He’s likely done for the season.
  • The Brewers announced that SP Mark Rogers is shut down for the year, following a career-high for innings pitched.

Roster Moves – Week 16 – July 17th, 2012

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 2B Logan Forsythe, Padres ($2 bid, Add to Actives at MI)
  • RP Luke Gregerson, Padres ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • 2B Kolten Wong, Cardinals ($1 bid, Reserve)

Up:

  • SP Ben Sheets

Move:

  • CM Todd Frazier (from UT)
  • UT Scott Moore (from MI)

Down: 

  • RP Brad Lincoln
  • RP John Axford
  • 3B Chris Johnson (from CM)

Cut:

  • RP Juan Carlos Oviedo
  • MI Elian Herrera
  • RP Jose Arredondo

Notes:

  • MI Elian Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 13th.
  • 2B Kolten Wong is a minor-league protectable prospect for the Cardinals. Today was the deadline for minor-league protections.
  • RP Juan Carlos Oviedo’s path back to the majors took a major detour, as he is now undergoing Tommy John surgery at Triple-A New Orleans since being activated from the Restricted List.
  • The only other minor league prospect added to WBRL rosters was D’Backs OF A.J. Pollock, added by X-Men for a $4 bid.

 

Axford to Make Spring Debut Friday

John Axford is scheduled to make his spring debut Friday. His first appearance of the spring was pushed back due to food poisoning, but he obviously won’t need much work to get ready for the new season. Axford, who turns 28 in April, was a pleasant surprise in the back-end of the bullpen last season, posting a 2.48 ERA, 24 saves and a 76/27 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. He’s a rock-solid option at closer. (Rotoworld)

Axford to Miss a Week Due to Food Poisoning

Axford (food poisoning) probably won’t pitch in a spring training game until the end of next week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt reports. He’ll still be doing his own workouts in the meantime and should be able to get in enough work to be ready for the start of the regular season. (Rotowire)

Axford Behind Schedule Due to Illness

John Axford is about a week behind his pitcher teammates due to a case of food poisoning, the Brewers’ official site reports. Axford is slated to get on the mound in workouts on Tuesday, and given that he’s a reliever, the missed time shouldn’t be an issue in regards to being ready for Opening Day. (Rotowire)

Roster Moves – Protection Deadline

February 1st is the deadline for submitting Protected Rosters for the upcoming season.  Players not being protected will then be released back into the player pool:

Trade:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receive:
    • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25, 2 years)
  • Shoeless Jews receive:
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers ($27, 2 years)

Protect for 2011:

  • C Buster Posey, Giants ($1)
  • 1B Prince Fielder, Brewers ($29)
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies ($31)
  • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25)
  • OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals ($35)
  • OF Hunter Pence, Astros ($26)
  • OF Drew Stubbs, Reds ($5)
  • OF Jose Tabata, Pirates ($5)
  • SP Mat Latos, Padres ($5)
  • SP Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks ($2)
  • SP Edinson Volquez, Reds ($2)
  • RP Kenley Jansen, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($5)
  • RP John Axford, Brewers ($12)

Release:

  • 1B Adam LaRoche, $25 (Nationals)
  • 2B Brandon Phillips, $32 (Reds)
  • 3B Casey Blake, $5 (Dodgers)
  • OF Marlon Byrd, $9 (Cubs)
  • OF Roger Bernadina, $5 (Nationals)
  • OF Trayvon Robinson, $5 Minors (Dodgers)
  • RP Aroldis Chapman, $11 (Reds)
  • SP Randy Wells, $7 (Cubs)
  • SP Wade LeBlanc, $5 (Padres)
  • RP Tyler Clippard, $5 (Nationals)

Note:

  • Brewers OF Lorenzo Cain ($13) was traded to the Royals on December 19th, 2010 as a part of a multi-player trade that netted the Brewers SP Zach Greinke.
  • The protected list leaves the Roadrunners with $193 in protected salary, with $67 available for 9 players, for an average of $7.44 per player.

Sneaky Good in the Senior Circuit – from BP

Baseball Prospectus’ Eric Seidman listed several Roadrunners in this feature, that takes a look back at some players who will not be regaled with hardware but who performed admirably under the radar in 2010.

Starting Pitcher

Ian Kennedy (4.2 WARP): The Diamondbacks turned Max Scherzer into Edwin Jackson and Kennedy and flipped Jackson to the White Sox for Dan Hudson and prospects. All told, they ended up with two very solid starters under team control for six years apiece. Kennedy relies on command and control, and unlike in his brief tenure with the Yankees, both of those attributes were on display last season. In addition to keeping the ball on the ground, he even began striking hitters out at a rate far exceeding expectations.

Relief Pitcher

John Axford: Axford stepped into the closer position when it became evident that Trevor Hoffman had virtually nothing left in the tank. In 50 games, the mustachioed man produced an impressive 3.85 WXRL that ranked eighth in the league. He allowed just one home run, which certainly helped given he was no stranger to the free pass.

Sean Marshall: Carlos Marmol hogged most of the headlines in Chicago last year as far as relievers went, but Marshall, a failed southpaw starter, held the opposition in check and fell just behind Lidge with a 2.78 WXRL. His strikeout rate soared to 29.3 percent and he kept the ball in the yard as well. Still under team control and only 28 years old, he could help stabilize an up-and-down bullpen.

First Base

Prince Fielder (5.0 WARP): This was probably the toughest position to find a sneaky-good player given that it broke down into two distinct groups—the Albert Pujolses and the Adam LaRoche Clones. In one corner we had the stat demons who were publicized all season. In the other corner stood the first basemen whose numbers were not as solid given the context of the position. Fielder sort of fell in between both groups as he topped a .400 OBP for the second straight year, and despite dropping off by .131 with his slugging percentage, he put up a .316 TAv.

Third Base

Chase Headley (4.0 WARP): Headley didn’t get much notoriety last season, in large part because his unadjusted numbers were not terribly impressive, but they translated well given the league average and his park. He also added solid defense. He isn’t going to blossom into the next David Wright or Ryan Zimmerman, but he provides a very cost-effective option for a team hoping to remain a playoff contender on a shoestring budget.

Outfield

Drew Stubbs (5.3 WARP): Jay Bruce gets most of the attention in the Reds outfield, but Stubbs really put together a solid season in his own right. He launched 22 home runs and stole 30 bases en route to a .284 TAv, adding decent defense in center field. His OBP last season does not belie his ability to take a walk, primarily due to the fact that he strikes out so frequently. Figuring out a way to reduce those empty swinging ABs will catapult him from a solid player to a great player. However, as we have seen time and time again, this is not as easy as turning a switch on or off.

Meet the New Guy: John Axford

Brewers RP John Axford pitched a perfect ninth inning on Saturday night, striking out one and recording his second save of the year in an 8-6 win over the Mets. The right-hander only needed 14 pitches to retire the side and is now 2 for 2 in save chances this year. Axford looks to be the front runner to get the majority of the save opportunities in Milwaukee, with Trevor Hoffman struggling, and has only allowed two runs in eight innings pitched since being called up. “It’s a tough situation to be in,” Axford said. “I don’t hold a flame to Trevor Hoffman. I’m not thinking about that, really. I’m just trying to get my job done.” He has been a career minor-leaguer, but has gotten the job done so far. Fantasy owners in NL-only formats might want to scoop the 27-year-old up just in case he gets double-digit saves. (CBS Sports)

Update: Baseball Prospectus Fantasy Beat just added Axford to their Hot Spot list:

Milwaukee keeps trying to give Trevor Hoffman chances to get his job back, and he keeps making a bad situation even worse when he does things like allow three runs in an inning to the Marlins, costing the Brewers the game. His advanced state of “being toast” brings us to the first teammate swap on the Value Picks board, as we say goodbye to Carlos Villanueva and say hello to John Axford. Villanueva didn’t actually pitch that poorly while he was on the board, picking up a save the day he was added and two holds since while maintaining a high K rate, but Ken Macha clearly prefers to keep him in his set-up role and has started to give the opportunities to Axford. If you haven’t jumped on him yet, now is the time, since he’s picked up three saves and a win in his last four outings and is starting to gain attention in the fantasy world.

Axford’s story is an interesting one, especially considering the pedigree of the man he’s (currently) replacing. The 27-year-old mustachioed Canadian rookie was drafted in the 42nd round by the Reds in 2005, but didn’t sign and played independent ball north of the border. He was then picked up as an amateur free agent by the Yankees for 2007, where he was so impressive that he was… released right after the season. The Brewers picked him up for 2008, and while a 4.55 ERA, 1.674 WHIP, and 6.9 BB/9 (!!) rate in High-A ball that year isn’t much to speak of on its own, it’s even less so when you realize he was 25, quite old for that level. Still, the Brewers must have seen something they liked, because they brought him back for 2009 and something clicked right away. A return engagement in Broward County was complete domination, striking out 14 per 9, and good work at both AA and AAA as the year progressed got him an MLB cup of coffee late in the year, where he captured his first save – a stunning rise considering where he’d been in 2008.

Back in AAA to start this season, Axford struck out nearly 13 per 9 before being recalled in mid-May, working in middle relief until his recent promotion to the closer’s role, where he’s maintained that K rate in the short time he’s been up. Unlike the changeup artistry of Hoffman and Villanueva, Axford deals in pure heat, averaging over 95 MPH on his fastball. That said, the Brewers seem to want Hoffman to work his way back into the role so badly that there’s always the danger the future Hall of Famer could steal some opportunities if he puts some clean outings together, but with the Brewers featuring the second-worst bullpen in baseball, they’d do well to go with the hot hand, and right now that’s John Axford. Whether or not he sticks long-term, he’s almost certainly going to get the save opportunities right now.

Roster Moves – Week 9 – June 1st, 2010

FAAB Acquisition:

  • RP John Axford, Brewers ($12 bid) – Add to Actives

Up:

  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • C Buster Posey

Down:

  • C Chris Iannetta
  • SP Wade LeBlanc
  • SP Chris Volstad

Cut:

  • OF Luis Durango

Notes:

  • Misogynistic Padres ($7 FAAB bid) was the only other team to bid on Axford.