Blue Jays trade reliever John Axford to Dodgers


John Axford delivers a pitch. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to trade John Axford to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Heading back Toronto’s way will be right-handed pitching prospect Corey Copping.

Axford, a free agent after the season, will help the Dodgers as they attempt to hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.

The 35-year-old sports a 4.41 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 20 walks in 51 innings pitched spread across 45 games played with the Blue Jays this season.

Copping, 24, has a 2.52 ERA and boasts a K/9 of 9.9 combined between double-A and triple-A this season.

The Blue Jays have been busy in the relief market, sending Aaron Loup to Philadelphia and Seunghwan Oh to Colorado.

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