Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Cleveland Indians are among the teams interested in free agent relief pitcher John Axford.
Indians among teams with interest in FA reliever John Axford. Mariners, Orioles, Cubs have also been linked to him. Has closing experience.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) December 10, 2013
The Indians cut ties with Chris Perez after the season, have lost Joe Smith to free agency, and it appears that the Baltimore Orioles are working on a deal with former A’s pitcher Grant Balfour. Alas, they are now monitoring the market for alternatives. Axford comes with previous closer experience due to his time with the Milwaukee Brewers. The 30-year-old put up a 4.02 ERA with 65 strikeouts over 65 innings for the Brewers and Cardinals in 2013. He was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month.
The Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs and Orioles have also expressed interest. Roughly one week ago, Axford’s agent, Dan Horwits, said that his client has already received interest from 14 teams.