Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford recently received a big pay day from the organization, as he will make $5 million plus incentives for the 2013 MLB season. What exactly does Axford plan to do with his new riches?
“My wife and I can finally pay off our student loans,” Axford said. “We both had several years of them. It’s nice to close the book on that.”
Axford, along with three other Milwaukee players, avoided salary arbitration and received a nice pay raise. The $5 million is a substantial increase compared to his $525,000 contract last season. Many fans may question whether Axford deserves a big contract after losing the closer role last year due to his inconsistent performance. However, salary contracts are not always based on what a specific player did in his previous year, but what he has been able to accomplish over the past few seasons.
Considering Axford recorded a franchise-best 46 saves in 2011, it makes sense why he would get a huge deal from the Brewers. Not to mention, as Werner pointed out, Axford played a very big role in Milwaukee clinching the division in 2011 and appearing in the National League Championship Series.
It is nice to know Axford will be responsible with his pay checks by paying off his college debts and starting new college funds for his two sons. Hopefully, he will plan on doing some good for the community as well. It is also important that his new fortune does not go to his head, as Axford must get back to his 2011 form if the Brewers want any chance at another crack at a World Series berth.
The 29-year old can next be seen in the World Baseball Classic, in which he will be pitching for Team Canada. Axford has already started his off-season workouts earlier than usual so he can be game ready by time the WBC rolls around in early March. He will also have to be ready to face Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy as Team USA is in the same pool as Team Canada.