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Cards Acquire Axford From Brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals have tried to add some stability to their bullpen by adding John Axford in a trade Friday.

Axford, a former closer, comes to the Cards in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. He lost his closer job last year, and has a 4.45 ERA and 1.56 WHIP this season in 62 appearances averaging one strikeout per inning.

In his high point as Brewers closer, he saved 46 games in 2011 including finishing ninth in NL Cy Young Balloting.

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