Dodgers: How New Reliever Corey Knebel Hopes to Fit in With New Team
When the Dodgers picked up reliever Corey Knebel from the Brewers on Wednesday, the hope is that they’re getting the guy that was an All-Star in 2017. But, perhaps more importantly to this team coming off a championship run in 2020 is the quality of person joining the team.
In a recent interview with SportsNet LA, Alanna Rizzo brought up the closeness and the family side of things with these Dodgers. Working around his daughter unexpectedly joining the Zoom chat, Knebel seemed excited to join such a close-knit group.
Dave Roberts called me and told me it’s a really big family-oriented team. And he was asking me about my wife and my daughters and he was saying, ‘that’s perfect! You got two girls, that’s gonna be awesome. You’re going to fit right in.’ I know that makes not only me happy, my wife… it’s gonna help my girls fit in perfectly.
At his peak, the right-hander recorded 55 saves with a 2.54 ERA over two seasons with Milwaukee before blowing out his elbow. So you know the stuff can play up again with the Dodgers. But all the talent in the world isn’t enough to make up for the wrong kind of person joining the team and muddying up the chemistry.
With Corey Knebel, it seems like LA got a good one.
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Rumor is several teams were waiting to offer Knebel a contract. Friedman beat them to it by making a deal with the Brewers. Everyone heals and rehabs differently. TJ Surgery is, by all accounts, a very long rehab. Knebel will be 2 years from the surgery in 2021 and much more able to get back to his original form The Dodgers have the best PT’s, Medical, & Pitching coaches in the MLB. If I were Knebel the Dodgers are exactly where I would want to be to get back his pitching ability.
Corey #2 will be a welcome addition. With his velocity going up as the season progressed, I think we made a really good move. Friedman strikes again. And this time it looks like he already had a plan in place to make a move BEFORE certain players were UN tendered. Pretty slick!
And important to note is that he WANTS to be here. He should do well.
Dodgers staff will show Knebel what the data show and recommend small changes to allow him to be the best he can be. Love this trade and the fact that he will be under team control for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Look forward to the next reliever that they will get.