|Jan. 18 6:52 PM PT7:52 PM MT8:52 PM CT9:52 PM ET21:52 ET2:52 GMT10:52 CST7:52 PM MST9:52 PM EST10:22 PM VEN6:52 UAE (+1)8:52 PM CT-The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract with Axford, avoiding arbitration.
Analysis: Axford gets $5 million this season after earning $525,000 last year. He can earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses ($50,000 each for 60 and 63 games finished) and $300,000 in awards bonuses. He finished 54 games last season and 63 in 2011.
|Aug. 23 1:01 PM PT2:01 PM MT3:01 PM CT4:01 PM ET16:01 ET20:01 GMT4:01 CST1:01 PM MST3:01 PM EST3:31 PM VEN0:01 UAE (+1)3:01 PM CT-Axford nailed down a save for the second day in a row in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.
Analysis: Axford pitched a scoreless ninth despite allowing a two-out single for his 20th save. It's unclear how much longer he will serve as closer since he has lost the job before.
|July 17 4:13 PM PT5:13 PM MT6:13 PM CT7:13 PM ET19:13 ET23:13 GMT7:13 CST4:13 PM MST6:13 PM EST6:43 PM VEN3:13 UAE (+1)6:13 PM CT-Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says Francisco Rodriguez will replace struggling reliever John Axford as the team's closer.
Analysis: Roenicke said before Tuesday night's game against St. Louis that he spoke with Axford earlier in the day to explain his decision. Handed a two-run lead against the Cardinals on Monday night, Axford allowed three runs in the ninth inning and the Brewers lost 3-2. Axford has 16 saves in 22 chances this season, struggling to find the dominant form he showed in 2011. Axford says he wasn't surprised by the decision and didn't try to talk Roenicke out of it.
|June 15 3:35 PM PT4:35 PM MT5:35 PM CT6:35 PM ET18:35 ET22:35 GMT6:35 CST3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST6:05 PM VEN2:35 UAE (+1)5:35 PM CT-Axford suffered a blown save for a second straight game Thursday in a loss to the Royals.
Analysis: Axford allowed two runs and one hit as he suffered the loss. It's been a tough week for Axford, who has given up seven runs in his last three appearances. If he continues to struggle, Francisco Rodriguez could see time in the role
|May 12 1:40 PM PT2:40 PM MT3:40 PM CT4:40 PM ET16:40 ET20:40 GMT4:40 CST1:40 PM MST3:40 PM EST4:10 PM VEN0:40 UAE (+1)3:40 PM CT-Axford blew a save in Friday's 8-7, 13-inning win over the Cubs.
Analysis: His ninth-inning flop that ended his string of 49 straight saves but his wife Nicole went into labor the same night. ``I put my wife into contractions with my performance tonight,'' he said.
|Apr. 30 11:15 AM PT12:15 PM MT1:15 PM CT2:15 PM ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 CST11:15 AM MST1:15 PM EST1:45 PM VEN22:15 UAE1:15 PM CT-Axford converted his 48th consecutive save Sunday in a win against the Cardinals.
Analysis: Milwaukee puts runners on first and third with no outs, but didn't allow a run. Axford is 5 for 5 this year and last blew a save on April 18, 2011, at Philadelphia. ''It's nice to do 48,'' Axford said. ''The streak is great, it's great individually, but it's more on the team side. Obviously, if I don't get the save we're not going to get the win so I'd rather lock it down and get the win for the team.''
|Mar. 3 11:48 AM PT12:48 PM MT1:48 PM CT2:48 PM ET14:48 ET19:48 GMT3:48 CST12:48 PM MST2:48 PM EST3:18 PM VEN23:48 UAE1:48 PM CT-The Milwaukee Brewers have renewed the contract of closer John Axford. The Brewers announced the move Saturday.
Analysis: Axford set a team record with 46 saves last season and converted his last 43 chances in a row. He was 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 74 appearances to help the Brewers win the NL Central. The 29-year-old Axford struck out 86 in 73 2-3 innings. Milwaukee begins its exhibition season on Sunday against San Francisco.
|2009||Mil||0||0||1 - 1||7||0||0||7.2||5||3||3||0||6||1||9||1.43||3.52||$11.17|
|2010||Mil||8||2||24 - 27||50||0||0||58.0||42||17||16||1||27||3||76||1.19||2.48||$195.50|
|2011||Mil||2||2||46 - 48||74||0||0||73.2||59||19||16||4||25||1||86||1.14||1.95||$249.67|
|2012||Mil||5||8||35 - 44||75||0||0||69.1||61||42||36||10||39||2||93||1.44||4.67||$206.33|
|2013||Mil||1||3||0 - 3||20||0||0||17.1||27||16||15||6||8||2||21||2.02||7.79||$10.83|
|Career||16||15||106 - 123||226||0||0||226.0||194||97||86||21||105||9||285||1.32||3.42|
|2011||Mil||Total||1||0||3 - 4||6||0||0||7.0||5||1||1||0||2||0||9||1.29|
|1||0||1 - 2||3||0||0||4.0||3||1||1||0||2||0||5||2.25|
|LCS||0||0||2 - 2||3||0||0||3.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||0.00|
|Career||1||0||3 - 4||6||0||0||7.0||5||1||1||0||2||0||9||1.29|