Free agent reliever John Axford has interest from four teams, one of which is the Blue Jays, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Axford hails from Ontario, Canada so a deal with the Jays would be a homecoming of sorts.
Axford, 31, spent most of his 2014 season with the Indians. He struggled early and was removed from the closer’s role in May. In August, the Pirates selected him off waivers. Overall, Axford finished with a 3.95 ERA and a 63/36 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.