Rockies add John Axford to 40-man roster, guarantee $2.6 million salary

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Less than a month after signing John Axford to a minor-league contract the Rockies have added him to the 40-man roster, guaranteeing the veteran reliever’s $2.6 million salary for this season.

Based on the quick move it seems likely that the Rockies all but assured Axford he’d make the Opening Day roster and the non-guaranteed nature of the initial contract was merely a roster-rule formality.

Axford had a 3.92 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio in 55 innings for the Indians last season, spending most of the year in a setup role after losing the closing gig early on.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.