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.
Right-handed reliever Corey Knebel is in agreement on a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 1, 2021
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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