The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of signing right-handed reliever John Axford, who was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals, a source told ESPN.com Sunday.
Axford made a giant leap up when he moved to the first base side of the rubber a few years back in the Brewers organization. He has some arm trouble last season which led to a drop in velocity and more importantly his curveball hanging in a RH hitters wheelhouse more often than not. ANALYST: Jeff Mans
Nate Orchard (groin) is questionable for Monday's game against the Ravens.
Orchard has developed into a run-stuffing linebacker in the NFL, and will be missed if he cannot take the field in Week 12 against the Ravens, who will be looking to establish the run with Joe Flacco out of action. He has not built upon his sack abilities that he showcased in college at Utah, but the Browns are happy that he has developed into a run-stopper as their defense has been porous against running backs the past couple of seasons. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson