Report: Oakland A’s to sign reliever John Axford

John Axford, Troy Tulowitzki, Nick Hundley
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher John Axford, right, confers with catcher Nick Hundley, center, and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki after giving up a sacrifice fly to bring in the go-ahead run to Arizona Diamondbacks pinch-hitter Aaron Hill in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Denver. Arizona won 8-7. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NASHVILLE (KRON) — The Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign former closer John Axford, a source told Wednesday.

The A’s have not yet announced the acquisition, which is pending a physical.

In an attempt to bolster their beleaguered bullpen last season, the A’s have acquired four relievers this offseason — Liam Hendriks, Marc Rzepczynski, and Ryan Madson.

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman tweets that the deal for the “Ax Man” is a two-year, $10 million deal. Axford will turn 33 in April.


Axford had a 4.20 ERA in 55 2/3 innings last season for the Colorado Rockies. He converted 25-out-of-31 saves and lost the closer’s role mid-season.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the signing.

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