MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers and closer John Axford have agreed to a one-year, 5 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.
According to Axford's agents at the Beverly Hills Sports Council via Twitter, the right-hander who will be 30 years old on Opening Day, will have incentives in his contract, as well.
The 5 million is a significant pay raise from the 525,000 Axford made last season.
"BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! So pumped right now! ILoveMilwaukee," Axford tweeted.
Signed by the Brewers as a minor league free agent on Nov. 8, 2008, Axford first was called up for a short stint in 2009 but took over for Trevor Hoffman as the team's full-time closer in May 2010.
Axford, 29, saved 24 games in 2010 and posted a 2.48 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 58 innings. In 2011, he set a franchise record with 46 saves and blew only two save chances. He had a 1.95 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 73 23 innings, helping the Brewers to the National League Championship Series. His dominance continued into the pl...