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Dodgers Free Agency: Corey Knebel Signs with Philadelphia Phillies

A reclamation project that was set to be non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers instead found his way to Los Angeles via a trade. Corey Knebel was once a dominant closer for the Brewers, but after having to have Tommy John surgery in 2019, he wasn’t the same pitcher.

Andrew Friedman believed his team could turn things around for the former All-Star, but he suffered a lat strain in April after throwing only 6 innings for the Dodgers. The injury would cost him most of the season. However, he did return to end off the season on a high note.

His strong finish seemed to have paid off as the Philadelphia Phillies have been in contact with his camp. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the two sides have come to an agreement on a deal. 

The team announced that it is a one-year pact for $10 million.

The Phillies bullpen has struggled over the past couple of seasons and has held them back from really competing in the NL East. The Phillies hope the Knebel will be the guy to help turn that around after finishing off the 2021 campaign with a 4-0 record, 2.45 ERA, and 30 strikeouts in 25 and 2/3 innings for the Dodgers.

While Knebel did not make as big of an impact as the team would have wanted in 2021, his return from a lengthy stay on the Injured List helped push the Dodgers to a playoff birth once again.

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  1. This is disappointing news. I had believed from the start of the off-season that the only internal FAs the dodgers would sign were CT3 and Knebel. 10M for 1 year doesn’t seem unreasonable at all.

    • I had believed at the start of the off season that no body would want to remain on the team as long as Drrrrr was returning therefore limiting their chances. Now how important is it to have Trevor return and pitch?

      • That’s a tough one. If reports are true it’s abhorrent behavior no one can defend. However, it’s been months and no charges have been filed. What’s with that? The players appear unified in their position against him as a teammate and, in the end, expect management to move on from him regardless of legal outcome.

  2. We better do something major. Our players are jumping ship at an alarming rate! I wouldn’t be surprised to finish third in the division and miss the playoffs all together. Really makes you wonder if Doc is the reason!

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