The Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced their trade for John Axford, sending Minor League pitcher Corey Copping to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Dodgers did not yet make corresponding moves to add Axford to their 40-man or active rosters.
Axford appeared in 45 games (one start) for the Blue Jays this season, going 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA, 4.02 FIP and 1.26 WHIP while holding opponents to a .234 batting average. He’s been especially tough on left-handed batters, who have hit just .147.
During the monty of July, the veteran right-hander went 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA, striking out 16 against four walks across 14 innings pitched over 11 games (one start).
Axford previously pitched in the National League for the Milwaukee Brewers (2009-13), St. Louis Cardinals (2013), Pittsburgh Pirates (2014) and Colorado Rockies (2015).
Copping went a combined 4-0 with three saves, a 2.52 ERA in 35 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa this season. He was selected by the Dodgers in the 31st round of the 2015 Draft. This season marked his first time reaching the Triple-A level.
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