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SportsJohn Axford on potential Blue Jays return: ‘That’s where I want to be’

02:56  13 january  2019
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Blue Jays still in talks on roster moves

Blue Jays still in talks on roster moves TORONTO - In the wake of acquiring pitchers Clayton Richard and Matt Shoemaker, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins says he is still open to more moves. The priority remains more pitching depth. "It could be in the form of starting (pitching), it could be in the former of (a) reliever," Atkins said in a media conference call Monday. "And we'll continue to consider any opportunities to move players potentially off of our roster," he added. "It's not something that we are proactively looking to do, but we do have a great number of players that other teams are interested in. "I've said this before but it just keeps getting busier. I can't imagine being any busier ...

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John Axford on potential Blue Jays return: ‘That’s where I want to be’ © Frank Gunn/CP

Canadian reliever John Axford has made his desire to return to the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2019 season known.

Axford said on Saturday he enjoyed playing in Toronto prior to being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead of last season’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The 35-year-old also cited his desire to mentor the Blue Jays young pitching staff and to be in close proximity to his family as reasons he wants to return.

The veteran appeared in 45 games for the Blue Jays in 2018 prior to being traded, compiling a 4-1 record, 4.41 ERA and 50 strikeouts over 51 innings of work.

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The quip rolls off Julian Merryweather’s tongue so easily that it’s clear he has been asked countless times about what it’s like to have been traded for Josh Donaldson. “I guess it’s MVP or bust for me,” Merryweather joked. “That’s kind of what I’m up against this year.” The 27-year-old Blue Jays right-hander knows there’s no escaping the fact that he was the return, the mystery player to be named later, in the deal that ended a drawn-out, injury-plagued saga with 2015 American League most valuable player, sending Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians at the end of August.

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