Cardinals do not offer RHP John Axford contract

The St. Louis Cardinals chose not to offer a 2014 contract to

reliever John Axford, making the former closer a free agent.

Axford was a combined 7-7 with a 4.45 ERA for Milwaukee and St.

Louis last season, but he was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA after the

Cardinals acquired him in a late-August trade. He made six

appearances in the postseason and allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings.

He struck out nine.

The 30-year-old Axford led the Brewers with 46 saves in 2011 but

lost the closer role a year later.

Teams had until midnight to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned

players on their 40-man rosters.