Cardinals add reliever John Axford in trade with Brewers


The St. Louis Cardinals have added another arm to their bullpen. On Friday the Cardinals acquired John Axford, formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Axford, acquired for a player to be named later, had appeared in 62 games for the Brewers compiling a 4.45 ER and a 1.55 WHIP.

Some may be surprised to see the Brewers trading with a division rival but general manager Doug Melvin thought that Axford may be non-tendered in the off-season which made a trade in which he got something in return a better scenario.


The Cardinals figure to use Axford in the seventh inning initially.

Under team control though 2016, the Cardinals may choose to non-tender Axford at the end of the season to avoid paying his future salaries. Axford is making $5 million for the 2013 season.

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