Dodgers: Corey Knebel Ready For Los Angeles to Go Back-to-Back
The Dodgers front office has made it clear that they are not satisfied with one World Series win. After taking home their first championship since 1988, Los Angeles shelled out a lot of money to make the team better heading into 2021.
One of those areas that they spent money on was the bullpen. The Dodgers signed Blake Treinen to a $17.5 million deal and added in a few fringe names to help fill it out. They traded for Corey Knebel as well, and he is already excited to see what they can do in 2021 and beyond.
The Dodgers offseason pickup made an appearance on MLB Network Radio this week to talk about the revamped team. For Knebel, there is no doubt in his mind that Los Angeles is looking to go back-to-back after adding Trevor Bauer.
We’re looking to go back-to-back and I love that. Adding Bauer to the rotation was, I mean to me it was a complete shock. I already thought we had 5 elite starters, now we’ve got elite, elite starters. That was an awesome move to see.
The Dodgers made a trade with the Brewers this offseason to acquire Knebel. After injury-laden 2018 and 2019 seasons, Los Angeles is hopeful that he can regain his 2017 form. He locked down 39 saves that year en route to the only All-Star Game appearance of his career.
Knebel is set to make $5.25 million in his final year of arbitration with the Dodgers in 2021. Ideally, he will help to bridge the game between middle relievers and Kenley Jansen.
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The Dodgers are missing out on LHP Jake McGee this year as he heads to San Francisco. The southpaw reliever signed a 2-year deal with the Giants to join their bullpen. He will join Alex Wood as the two LA relievers to head up north this offseason.
The Justin Turner sweepstakes are still as hot as ever. The latest report is that the Dodgers are still in, but the Brewers and Mets are maintaining interest. It could be a close one depending on who wants to go longer on the deal.
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Dodger pitching both starting and bullpen will be elite this year. Treinen and Knebel will be major contributors. Graterol is learning his craft and will continue to get better with experience same for Gonzalez.
I would not sign JT to over two years. Perhaps offer him and option for the 3rd year.
Knebel has a lot of upside. He could challenge for the closer spot this year.