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The Milwaukee Brewers have traded right-handed reliever and former closer John Axford to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later, the teams have announced.
#STLCards have acquired right-handed reliever @JohnAxford from the @Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later. Axford will wear 34.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 30, 2013
MLB.com's Adam McCalvy adds that the PTBNL will likely be decided upon next week. At this point, it's not clear if the prospect heading from St. Louis to Milwaukee will be a pitcher or position player. The Brewers did say that they aren't sending any cash over to the Cardinals in the deal, meaning St. Louis is assuming the remainder of the $5 million Axford is making this season.
While Axford was once a pivotal part to the Brewers' bullpen, along with a fan-favorite, he's since been replaced by closer Jim Henderson and setup man Brandon Kintzler. As such, Milwaukee had a tough decision coming, as Axford was a non-tender candidate at the end of the season.
"I think we were probably facing a decision [in the
offseason], and we just thought that it was the thing to do now," general manager Doug Melvin
said. "I like John. He's one of my favorite guys that's been here -- a
It was recently reported that the Brewers were looking to trade relievers leading up to Sept. 1. They dealt Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles last month, and there's a chance Milwaukee could still be interested in parting with Mike Gonzalez and Burke Badenhop.
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