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Brewers make post-deadline commerce with Blue Jays, add reliever John Axford for $1


The Brewers made a post-trade-deadline cope with the Blue Jays to amass veteran reliever John Axford and bolster their bullpen. The transfer was allowed as a result of Axford wasn’t on Toronto’s 40-man roster, so the Brewers took benefit of his availability to get high quality, skilled bullpen assist low cost.

Actually low cost. It price them solely $1 to make the commerce, based on The Related Press. Significantly.

One-dollar offers occur sometimes in MLB. In actual fact, one occurred earlier in 2021, when the Mets acquired Cameron Maybin from the Cubs for that worth. And for the Brewers, particularly, they’re nothing new.

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The Axford commerce additionally marks the third time since 2011 that the Brewers have been concerned in buying or buying and selling a participant for $1. In 2011, the Brewers acquired catcher Wil Nieves from the Braves for only a buck. He posted a slash line of .140/.189/.180 in 20 video games performed for Milwaukee.

In 2014, Milwaukee traded pitcher Brad Mills to the A’s for $1. Mills had been taking part in for the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, however they did not have a spot for him on the main league roster. As such, he was traded and put up a 4.41 ERA with 14 strikeouts in three begins (16 1/3 innings) with Oakland.

Now, the Brewers will hope the 38-year-old Axford can grow to be the very best of their three, one-dollar offers. He was as soon as a high quality nearer and led MLB with 46 saves through the 2011 season. He posted a 1.95 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings whereas taking part in in Milwaukee that season.

Axford had began the season working as a studio analyst for Blue Jays protection and hadn’t pitched within the majors since 2018. He posted some good numbers in a nine-game stint with the Buffalo Bisons together with a 0.84 ERA and .061 opposing batting common with 14 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. He hit 98 mph throughout his highway again to the majors as nicely.

Sadly, Axford’s first recreation with the Brewers did not go as deliberate. He confronted 5 batters and solely recorded one out whereas permitting two earned runs. He left the sport with an elbow harm, and Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell spoke concerning the “unlucky” scenario.

“It isn’t the way in which you need it to go,” Counsell stated after Milwaukee’s 6-2 victory over the Pirates, per ESPN. “It is unlucky. The truth that he obtained himself again right here was an actual credit score to him. You need the story to be good each evening. Typically there’s some unlucky tales as nicely.”

The Brewers will wait to see the extent of the harm. They will hope he can bounce again. But when not, they did not danger something to amass him.


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