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Dodgers acquire John Axford from the Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays  v Chicago White Sox

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Starting pitcher John Axford #77 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers the ball in the first start of his career against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The Dodgers dealing continues: they just acquired reliever John Axford from the Blue Jays. In return, L.A. will send righty Corey Copping to Toronto.

Axford has a 4.41 ERA in 45 games this season and a K/BB ratio of 50/20 in 51 innings. He actually started a game on Saturday. It was a bit of a gimmick, likely intended to show suitors that he could go multiple innings, perhaps trying to sell him as a poor-man’s Andrew Miller. Even if that’s not how L.A. uses him this year, he has shown that he still has nice mid-to-upper 90s velocity with some sharp movement, so he’ll certainly help out.

Whatever his role, the Dodgers could use him, as their bullpen has been a sore spot all year long.

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