With the news that the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Brewers reliever John Axford, it’s the perfect time to check in with our friend Daniel Shoptaw of C70 At The Bat, and discern how the trade comes across from the Redbirds’ perspective.
The Brewers Bar: Axford has been a lightning rod for Brewers fans and Cardinals fans. Now that he's one of your guys, how does he fit with the StL pen? Was it a shock to see him land with the Cards?
C70: It was quite surprising to see Axford, mainly because there'd been no discussion of it at all. Most Cardinal fans had been focusing on bringing in another starter to help out a rotation that's looked shaky at times. To see John Mozeliak go get a guy that hadn't even been rumored to be on the market was a little bit of a shock.
That said, someone on Twitter pointed out this was in the vein of getting Octavio Dotel at the '11 deadline. A veteran arm who had been through the wars and shouldn't be rattle...