John Axford

John Axford

John Axford leaves Rockies camp after 2-year-old son is hospitalized with rattlesnake bites


Veteran reliever John Axford has left Rockies camp after his 2-year-old son was bit by a rattlesnake while staying at the family’s rental home in Arizona.

Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that Axford’s son, Jameson Axford, was bit twice on the right foot and taken to a Phoenix hospital in serious condition. He was given anti-venom medication and is now in stable condition, but it’s possible he may need toes amputated.

Axford described the experience as “sheer panic … things got very bad, very quickly” and is unsure when he’ll return to the team on a full-time basis. He was added to the 40-man roster earlier this month and guaranteed a $2.6 million salary as part of the bullpen.

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

John Axford

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.

Oscars aficionado John Axford offers his expert picks

John Axford

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony — better known as the Oscars — are being held tonight. It’s a night set aside to let the best in movies take another turn in the spotlight, but lately, an unexpected athlete has risen to prominence.

Reliever John Axford, currently with the Rockies on a minor league deal, has proved himself an expert when it comes to correctly picking the winners of the various awards. The right-hander went a perfect 18-for-18 last year and 14-for-15 the year prior. In a guest column for The Players’ Tribune, Axford offered his picks for tonight’s festivities.

Axford has a solid base of knowledge from which to build upon, as he has his Bachelors in Film and Television from Notre Dame. He has been a sponsor of the Milwaukee Film Festival since 2011 as well. If you’re looking to make any last-minute bets with friends and family, it may be wise to crib Axford’s notes.

John Axford signs with the Rockies

John Axford

Veteran reliever John Axford has signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies, according to

Axford was tabbed as the Indians’ closer to begin last season, but quickly lost the job and eventually wound up with the Pirates. Overall he threw 55 innings with a 3.92 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio.

Axford still has the raw stuff to rack up strikeouts, but his control is very shaky and he has a tendency to give up too many homers. Coors Field may not be the best fit for him, but he should be decent enough setting up for closer LaTroy Hawkins.

Thomas Harding of says the deal will be worth $2.6 million plus incentives if Axford makes the Opening Day roster.

John Axford drawing interest from four teams, including the Blue Jays

John Axford

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.