Blue Jays send Axford to Dodgers

 The Toronto Blue Jays dealt reliever John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Toronto Blue Jays dealt reliever John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

July 31, 2018

Toronto Blue Jays Official Press Release

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired minor league RHP Corey Copping from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for RHP John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.).

COPPING, 24, is 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 35 games for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League (AA) and the Oklahoma City Dodgers of the Pacific Coast League (AAA). The 6-1, 175 lb. right-handed pitcher has pitched 53 2/3 innings this season allowing 44 hits with 26 walks and 59 strikeouts. The native of Pasadena, Calif., owns a career record of 11-4 and a 3.37 ERA in four minor league seasons.

AXFORD, 35, is 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA in 45 games with one start for the Blue Jays this season. The 6-5, 220 lb. right-handed pitcher has pitched 51 innings this season allowing 44 hits with 20 walks and 50 strikeouts. The Port Dover, Ont., owns a career record of 38-34 with a 3.78 ERA and 144 saves in 538 games for seven different teams (2009-2018).