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Ontario’s Axford inks minor-league deal with Blue Jays

Pitcher John Axford of Port Dover, ON has been signed to a minor-league contract by the Toronto Blue Jays. (Canadian Press photo)

TORONTO (from Canadian Press) — The Toronto Blue Jays have signed 34-year-old Canadian relief pitcher John Axford to a minor-league contract, a deal which includes an invitation to the American League team’s spring training.

Axford, from Port Dover, Ont., spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics. The right-hander pitched 21 innings for Oakland in 2017, going 0-1 with a 6.43 earned-run average, 17 walks and 21 strikeouts.

Axford had his best season in 2011, when he led the National League with 46 saves while allowing just 16 earned runs over 73.2 innings as a closer for the Milwaukee Brewers. He played for the Brewers from 2009-13.

The 34-year-old was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the seventh round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft and in the 42nd round by Cincinnati in 2005.

He signed as a free agent with Milwaukee in 2008.

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