Wed, 06 May 2015 09:16:12 -0700
Colorado Rockies RP John Axford, who is now in the closing role with RP Adam Ottavino (elbow) on the disabled list and possibly out for the year, has the confidence of his manager Walt Weiss. Axford has saved three games with five scoreless innings so far, and he's allowed three hits while striking out six and walking two. He led the National League with 46 saves in 2011 for the Milwaukee Brewers before losing the job each of the following two seasons.
Fantasy Tip: Axford should be owned in all leagues at this point now that he has the ninth-inning gig and no real challengers besides the veteran Rafael Betancourt, who will mainly be used in the eighth inning. Hold Ottovino in a DL spot for now, but be ready to cut him if he officially needs Tommy John surgery.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:46:08 -0700
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque Wednesday, April 22, where he'll play first base regularly. RP John Axford was called up in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Rosario ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) wasn't very useful to owners aside from those in deep NL-only leagues because of his inconsistent playing time. On the bright side, he did have five hits in 14 at-bats (.357) with a home run. You can now cut bait on him if you were holding him in deep mixed leagues.
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:56:01 -0700
Colorado Rockies RP John Axford returned to the mound Thursday, April 2, in a minor league game. Axford hadn't pitched competitively since Wednesday, March 25, when he left the team to be with his two-year-old son who was in an area hospital after being bit by a snake.
Fantasy Tip: Axford pitched a scoreless inning Thursday and is aiming for a spot on the Rockies' opening day roster. With 116 career saves, it is possible Axford could eventually gain closer duties at some point this season out of a thing Rockies' bullpen. He'll be worth keeping an eye on through the early part of the season.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:57:42 -0800
Colorado Rockies SP John Axford had his contract selected by the team Sunday, March 1. The move puts Axford on the 40-man roster. To make room for Axford, SP Tyler Chatwood (elbow) went to the 60-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: In all essence Axford has made the team and will pick up a $2.6 million salary. Axford could be a sleeper candidate in Colorado, but he should still go lower in most NL and mixed drafts given his shaky history and the fact he's pitching in Denver.
Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:25:41 -0800
Colorado Rockies RP John Axford will make $2.6 million if he makes the major league club this year, and he can make an extra $1.5 million in performance bonuses.
Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:42:39 -0800
Free-agent RP John Axford (Pirates) has signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:41:23 -0800
Free-agent RP John Axford (Pirates) will not be pursued for a relief role on the Minnesota Twins.
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:33:44 -0800
Free-agent RP John Axford (Pirates) said he would be interested in signing with a team that has a closer opening. Axford said he has received interest from teams but has not received any offers at this point.
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:10:57 -0800
The Toronto Blue Jays are one of four teams that are reportedly interested in free-agent RP John Axford (Pirates).
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:52:48 -0800
Free-agent RP John Axford (Pirates) has received interest from the Cincinnati Reds, but the two sides are not close to a deal. Axford is believed to be receiving interest from four other teams.