Milwaukee Brewers trade John Axford to St. Louis Cardinals

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE --  The Milwaukee Brewers announced the trade of Pitcher John Axford to their division rivals the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers have not yet released the name of the player they acquired from the Cardinals.

Axford ranks second on the all-time franchise list for saves trailing Dan Plesac. Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin says, "John has been a big contributor to the Brewers, and we do not go to the playoffs in 2011 without his outstanding performance."

The Brewers will bring up Alfredo Figaro from Triple-A Nashville to replace Axford in the lineup.

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