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John Axford PBlue Jays

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Birth Date4-1-1983
Height6' 5"
Weight234 lbs
Age36 years, 6 months, 19 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2009 MIL MLB 7 0 7.7 0 0 1 5 6 9 0 104 5.9 7.0 0.0 10.6 0% .263 1.43 3.05 3.52 99 4.19 90.0 0.1
2010 MIL MLB 50 0 58.0 8 2 24 42 27 76 1 96 6.5 4.2 0.2 11.8 0% .308 1.19 2.15 2.48 72 2.97 67.0 1.3
2011 MIL MLB 74 0 73.7 2 2 46 59 25 86 4 105 7.2 3.1 0.5 10.5 0% .289 1.14 2.37 1.95 74 2.56 59.4 1.9
2012 MIL MLB 75 0 69.3 5 8 35 61 39 93 10 108 7.9 5.1 1.3 12.1 0% .307 1.44 4.09 4.67 99 4.47 102.5 0.3
2013 MIL 0 62 0 54.7 6 7 0 62 23 54 10 107 10.2 3.8 1.6 8.9 0% .331 1.55 4.74 4.45 103 4.36 104.4 0.2
2013 SLN 0 13 0 10.3 1 0 0 11 3 11 0 107 9.6 2.6 0.0 9.6 0% .379 1.35 2.05 1.74 100 4.74 113.4 0.0
2014 CLE 0 49 0 43.7 2 3 10 34 30 51 6 102 7.0 6.2 1.2 10.5 0% .259 1.47 4.74 3.92 99 4.43 108.7 0.0
2014 PIT 0 13 0 11.0 0 1 0 9 6 12 0 101 7.4 4.9 0.0 9.8 0% .321 1.36 2.83 4.09 92 3.87 94.8 0.1
2015 COL MLB 60 0 55.7 4 5 25 56 32 62 4 111 9.1 5.2 0.6 10.0 0% .342 1.58 3.59 4.20 99 5.50 128.6 -0.5
2016 OAK MLB 68 0 65.7 6 4 3 65 30 60 6 98 8.9 4.1 0.8 8.2 56% .311 1.45 3.97 3.97 101 5.00 110.5 0.0
2017 OAK MLB 22 0 21.0 0 1 0 27 17 21 3 11.6 7.3 1.3 9.0 51% .364 2.10 5.71 6.43 112 7.54 160.4 -0.6
2018 LAN 0 5 0 3.7 0 0 0 8 2 4 0 111 19.6 4.9 0.0 9.8 67% .533 2.73 3.39 17.18 96 6.82 152.4 -0.1
2018 TOR 0 45 1 51.0 4 1 0 44 20 50 6 108 7.8 3.5 1.1 8.8 54% .286 1.25 4.05 4.41 100 5.13 114.6 -0.1
2013 TOT MLB 75 0 65.0 7 7 0 73 26 65 10 107 10.1 3.6 1.4 9.0 0% .000 1.52 4.31 4.02 103 4.42 105.9 0.1
2014 TOT MLB 62 0 54.7 2 4 10 43 36 63 6 102 7.1 5.9 1.0 10.4 0% .000 1.45 4.35 3.95 98 4.32 105.9 0.1
2018 TOT MLB 50 1 54.7 4 1 0 52 22 54 6 108 8.6 3.6 1.0 8.9 55% .311 1.35 4.01 5.27 99 5.25 117.2 -0.2
CareerMLB5431525.33834144483260589501008.34.50.910.151%.3091.413.663.87944.39100.72.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2007 CSC A SAL 13 5 26.7 0 3 0 29 22 21 2 94 9.8 7.4 0.7 7.1 0% .321 1.91 5.36 4.38 129 7.07 145.1
2007 STA A- NYP 8 0 24.3 1 1 2 13 15 30 0 93 4.8 5.6 0.0 11.1 0% .232 1.15 2.94 2.22 93 3.00 61.6
2007 TAM A+ FSL 5 0 11.3 0 0 2 6 7 15 2 101 4.8 5.6 1.6 11.9 0% .190 1.15 4.80 2.39 110 3.89 79.8
2007 SWB AAA INT 1 0 0.7 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 89 25.7 12.9 0.0 12.9 0% .667 4.29 4.59 12.86 91 5.48 112.5
2008 BRV A+ FSL 26 14 95.0 5 10 0 86 73 89 5 97 8.1 6.9 0.5 8.4 0% .310 1.67 4.48 4.55 117 6.46 132.2
2009 MIL MLB NL 7 0 7.7 0 0 1 5 6 9 0 104 5.9 7.0 0.0 10.6 0% .263 1.43 3.05 3.52 99 4.19 90.0
2009 BRV A+ FSL 19 0 27.7 4 1 0 14 16 43 0 98 4.5 5.2 0.0 14.0 0% .275 1.08 1.82 1.62 73 2.79 58.7
2009 HUN AA SOU 4 0 7.7 0 0 1 7 3 9 1 90 8.2 3.5 1.2 10.5 0% .316 1.30 4.00 3.51 91 4.53 95.3
2009 NAS AAA PCL 22 0 33.0 5 0 0 23 19 37 2 89 6.3 5.2 0.5 10.1 0% .263 1.27 3.72 3.55 93 3.43 72.1
2010 MIL MLB NL 50 0 58.0 8 2 24 42 27 76 1 96 6.5 4.2 0.2 11.8 0% .308 1.19 2.15 2.48 72 2.97 67.0
2010 NAS AAA PCL 12 0 13.3 3 2 2 14 5 19 0 9.5 3.4 0.0 12.9 0% .412 1.43 1.85 2.03 0 0.00 0.0
2011 MIL MLB NL 74 0 73.7 2 2 46 59 25 86 4 105 7.2 3.1 0.5 10.5 0% .289 1.14 2.37 1.95 74 2.56 59.4
2012 MIL MLB NL 75 0 69.3 5 8 35 61 39 93 10 108 7.9 5.1 1.3 12.1 0% .307 1.44 4.09 4.67 99 4.47 102.5
2013 MIL MLB NL 62 0 54.7 6 7 0 62 23 54 10 107 10.2 3.8 1.6 8.9 0% .331 1.55 4.74 4.45 103 4.36 104.4
2013 SLN MLB NL 13 0 10.3 1 0 0 11 3 11 0 107 9.6 2.6 0.0 9.6 0% .379 1.35 2.05 1.74 100 4.74 113.4
2013 CAN int WBC 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 10.8 0.0 0.0 10.8 0% .400 1.20 1.23 5.40 0 0.00 0.0
2014 CLE MLB AL 49 0 43.7 2 3 10 34 30 51 6 102 7.0 6.2 1.2 10.5 0% .259 1.47 4.74 3.92 99 4.43 108.7
2014 PIT MLB NL 13 0 11.0 0 1 0 9 6 12 0 101 7.4 4.9 0.0 9.8 0% .321 1.36 2.83 4.09 92 3.87 94.8
2015 COL MLB NL 60 0 55.7 4 5 25 56 32 62 4 111 9.1 5.2 0.6 10.0 0% .342 1.58 3.59 4.20 99 5.50 128.6
2016 OAK MLB AL 68 0 65.7 6 4 3 65 30 60 6 98 8.9 4.1 0.8 8.2 56% .311 1.45 3.97 3.97 101 5.00 110.5
2017 OAK MLB AL 22 0 21.0 0 1 0 27 17 21 3 11.6 7.3 1.3 9.0 51% .364 2.10 5.71 6.43 112 7.54 160.4
2017 NAS AAA PCL 3 0 3.3 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 5.4 0.0 0.0 10.8 43% .286 0.60 1.32 0.00 72 3.40 72.2
2018 LAN MLB NL 5 0 3.7 0 0 0 8 2 4 0 111 19.6 4.9 0.0 9.8 67% .533 2.73 3.39 17.18 96 6.82 152.4
2018 TOR MLB AL 45 1 51.0 4 1 0 44 20 50 6 108 7.8 3.5 1.1 8.8 54% .286 1.25 4.05 4.41 100 5.13 114.6
2019 BLJ Rk GCL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 89 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 100% .000 1.00 6.50 0.00 118 5.69 117.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2009 134 0.5299 0.4104 0.7636 0.5634 0.2381 0.8000 0.6667 0.2364
2010 959 0.4442 0.4275 0.7000 0.5751 0.3096 0.8041 0.5455 0.3000
2011 1236 0.4984 0.4215 0.7409 0.5714 0.2726 0.8182 0.5799 0.2591
2012 1397 0.4653 0.4352 0.7401 0.6369 0.2597 0.8333 0.5412 0.2599
2013 1170 0.4573 0.4265 0.7435 0.6280 0.2567 0.8542 0.5153 0.2565
2014 1029 0.4723 0.3936 0.7185 0.5947 0.2136 0.7993 0.5172 0.2815
2015 1055 0.4730 0.4445 0.7441 0.6733 0.2392 0.8244 0.5414 0.2559
2016 1176 0.4736 0.4405 0.7394 0.6535 0.2488 0.8022 0.5909 0.2606
2017 471 0.4607 0.4013 0.7989 0.5945 0.2362 0.8837 0.6167 0.2011
2018 916 0.4694 0.4203 0.7818 0.6372 0.2284 0.8540 0.6036 0.2182
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-02-16 2011-03-04 Camp 16 0 General Medical Gastrointestinal Food Poisoning -
2003-04-15 2003-04-15 Coll 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - Date Is Approximate - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 TOR $1,500,000
2017 OAK $5,500,000
2016 OAK $4,500,000
2015 COL $2,600,000
2014 CLE $4,500,000
2013 MIL $5,000,000
2012 MIL $525,000
2011 MIL $442,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$24,567,500
8 yrTotal$24,567,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 118 dDan Horwits1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 2/14/19 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.65M in majors. May earn additional $1.7M in performance bonuses based on games. Released by Toronto 3/23/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 2/8/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. Contract selected by Toronto 3/29/18. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Toronto 7/31/18 with $491,935 remaining on contract.
  • 2 years/$10M (2016-17). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/11/15. 16:$4.5M, 17:$5.5M. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 games finished. 2017 salary increases by half of the amount of bonuses earned in 2016. DFA by Oakland 7/27/17. Released 8/1/17.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 2/3/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2.6M in majors. Performance bonuses. Contract selected by Colorado 3/1/15. Placed on restricted list 4/19/15 (son's illness). DFA by Colorado 11/20/15. Elected free agency 11/25/15.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2014). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/16/13. Performance bonuses: $0.25M for 38 games finished. $0.3M each for 43, 48, 53, 58, 63 GF. Claimed by Pittsburgh off waivers from Cleveland 8/14/14. DFA by Pittsburgh 10/25/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 11/3/14.
  • 1 year/$5M (2013). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses. Acquired by St. Louis in trade from Milwaukee 8/30/13. Non-tendered by St. Louis 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.525M (2012). Renewed by Milwaukee 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4255M (2011). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/1/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/23/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 9/7/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent (minor-league contract).
  • Signed by NY Yankees 2007 as an amateur free agent.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2005 (42-1,259) (Notre Dame). Did not sign.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0 1.9 0.7 60 0 58.2 47 22 55 5 .265 1.18 3.19 3.35 -2.2 -0.2
80o 0 1.6 0.6 54 0 52.3 45 21 49 5 .280 1.28 3.57 3.75 -4.2 -0.5
70o 0 1.4 0.5 49 0 48.1 44 21 45 5 .291 1.35 3.84 4.04 -5.3 -0.6
60o 0 1.3 0.5 46 0 44.6 43 20 42 5 .301 1.41 4.09 4.3 -6.2 -0.7
50o 0 1.1 0.4 42 0 41.5 41 20 39 5 .309 1.47 4.32 4.54 -6.8 -0.7
40o 0 1 0.4 39 0 38.4 40 19 36 5 .318 1.53 4.55 4.79 -7.3 -0.8
30o 0 0.9 0.3 36 0 35.2 38 18 33 4 .328 1.60 4.80 5.06 -7.7 -0.8
20o 0 0.7 0.3 32 0 31.5 36 17 30 4 .339 1.68 5.10 5.38 -8.0 -0.9
10o 0 0.6 0.2 27 0 26.6 33 15 25 4 .354 1.80 5.54 5.83 -8.0 -0.9
Weighted Mean01.10.442040.94019385.3071.464.284.51-6.6-0.7

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-01 16:00:00 (link to chat)I hate closers. Just lost Davis in a 16 team league. Have Edwin Diaz helping me with ratios but no saves yet. Took a flyer before deadline and picked up both Ryan Dull & Edubray Ramos but seems neither their respective clubs made deals. Should I move on from these 2 & look to add Hudson or Axford. Need a closer for the home stretch for saves. Your thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks
(Jerry from Earth)
Jake Barrett and not Hudson is going to close in Arizona and John Axford isn't any closer to the job. Hang on to Edwin Diaz and hope that Steve Cishek blows another save or two this week. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)So, who do you have finishing the season with the most saves for the Cubs, Cards and Brewers? thanks
(Kevin from Boston)
For the Cubs, I would have to guess Kyuji Fujikawa. Carlos Marmol might get the job again, but he would probably be put in there to showcase him for a trade. Trevor Rosenthal isn't the closer now in St. Louis, but Mitchell Boggs has already struggled so if I'm going to guess, I'm going to guess the guy with the skills and the stuff. Milwaukee is a mystery to me. I thought John Axford would lose the job but had no idea it would happen so quickly. I would guess Jim Henderson, but he has some of the same control/command issues that Ax does/did. My sleeper in this pen is Brandon Kintzler, but I don't see Kintzler as having a path to the job at the moment. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Let's say you were a bird, and you had to fly to any baseball city and sit on top of any ballpark to watch John Axford in a 1980s exercise show with the Muppet Babies , would you rather buy Scooter "Ryan" Gennett in a keeper dynasty rotisserie auction fantasy league or read a prospect "Trevor" story about household pests?
(John Axford from Iowa)
And that pretty much sums it up. Sorry for driving this trainwreck. Hope you all had fun. I had fun! Logging off now, see you next time. (Sam Miller)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which major leaguer wins an episode of Chopped?
(Jake Mintz from Maryland)
Can John Axford cook? I feel like he can. Maybe it's just the mustache. I bet Pablo Sandoval can whip up a pretty decent spread too. (Ian Miller)
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Howdy Jay ... thanks for chatting. Your choices for best mustaches currently in MLB are? More seriously ... at a certain point, prospects lose their optimal value if something isn't done with them. Is Montero's value "past prime"? Should Cashman have dealt any of his stable for "something", even if the (perceived) talent exchange was negative for the Yanks?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey Diana! John Axford has a pretty remarkable mustache. I haven't seen Dale Thayer lately and am not even sure he's on the Mets' 25-man roster, but he's got a fantastic mustache. I'm pretty sure Brendan Ryan's infield triple owes its entirety to the awesome power of the 'stache.

As for prospects, while I agree that they lose their optimal value at some point, I reject the notion that Montero's time has passed - he's 21 freakin' years old! I don't at all think there was any reason for Cashman to trade his blue chippers for "something" just to look busy. This isn't McDonalds, where if you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is the next guy to nab a closer job? I'm talking about unheralded guys like John Axford last year as opposed to the sexy setup guys from the preseason like Daniel Bard and Jake McGee.
(Aaron from YYZ)
I'll say Kevin Jepsen of the Angels. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben What are the chances that Zach Braddock will be closing this year or next? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
I guess that depends on the chances that John Axford won't be closing this year or next. Here's what we said on that subject in this year's annual:

"Relievers with walk rates that high tend to lose their grip on the closer reins as managers grow frustrated with their self-inflicted jams. While it's possible that Axford has developed a newfound ability to find the strike zone and will spend the next half-decade closing games at Miller Park, it's just as likely that Brewers fans will wake up one morning to discover that yesterday's Rollie Fingers has morphed into today's Derrick Turnbow."

I don't think Axford is about to enter Turnbow territory, but there are certainly unlikelier closer candidates than Braddock. His talents would be wasted in the bullpen, though: with a name like that, he really should've been a cowboy or a spaceship captain. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which closer loses his job first, regardless of cause (injury/ineffectiveness/etc): Axford, Simon, Street, Wagner
(Andy from Chicago)
Alfredo Simon. John Axford's mustache precludes him from long-term ineffectiveness, and also acts as a self-healing miracle worker. (Marc Normandin)


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