Here’s how I see it…
John Axford blew his first save opportunity last season on Opening Day in Cincinnati. Turns out, the hard-throwing righty would only blow one more game all season.
Better still, the Brewers traded for Francisco Rodriguez in mid July. K-Rod never posted a save with Milwaukee (he had 23 for the Mets prior to the trade), but shined setting up Axford with a 1.86 ERA in 31 appearances helping the Beer Makers to the NL Central crown.
Despite Frankie’s public outcry to return to a full-time closer’s role, which assumingly won’t happen in Milwaukee, he and the Brewers surprisingly came to terms on a 1-yr, $8M deal–thus helping solidify Axford’s top ranking as the division’s best closer.