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Report: Blue Jays sign John Axford

Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 08: John Axford #61 of the Oakland Athletics throws a pitch during the seventh inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 8, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Update (9:55 PM ET): It’s a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to’s Mark Feinsand.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays have signed free agent reliever John Axford. Details of the contract are not yet known.

Axford, 34, pitched 21 unsuccessful innings for the Athletics last season before being released at the beginning of August. He posted a 6.43 ERA with a 21/17 K/BB ratio.

Axford had a solid 2016 campaign for the A’s, posting a 3.97 ERA over 65 2/3 innings, so he’s not far removed from being productive. At the very least, Axford will bring his cinema knowledge to the Jays.

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