The Dodgers are finally getting the ball rolling on getting their roster filled out for the 2021 season. As expected, Andrew Friedman and the rest of the front office waited until the non-tender deadline to make their first notable acquisition of the offseason.
The Dodgers made a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for RHP Corey Knebel. In exchange for Knebel, Los Angeles will eventually be sending wither cash considerations to Milwaukee or a player to be named later.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired RHP Corey Knebel from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 3, 2020
Knebel was originally reported to be one of the players that were non-tendered by the Brewers earlier today. He was also one of many relievers non-tendered by teams around baseball as organizations look for ways to cut costs after a pandemic year. The Dodgers took full advantage of that and were able to get Knebel for essentially nothing.
Knebel was an All-Star as recently as 2017 when he was a lights out reliever for the Brewers. He struck out close to 15 batters per 9 innings that year and pitched to a 1.78 ERA and 2.53 FIP over 76 appearances for Milwaukee. The Dodgers adding his arm to their bullpen could potentially bu huge.
Knebel is in his final year of being eligible for arbitration. Predicted to make around $5 million in his final year before free agency, he represents a low-risk, high-reward situation for the Dodgers. Knebel missed the entire 2019 season after tearing his UCL and requiring Tommy John surgery.
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