The Dodgers might have found their replacement for Blake Treinen in the bullpen for 2021. When they heard that Corey Knebel might become available at the non-tender deadline, they were all over the move. They scooped him up from Milwaukee right before the deadline in exchange for cash or a player to be named.
Almost immediately after the trade was announced, MLB Network got Knebel on the phone to talk about the trade. For Knebel, it doesn’t get much better for him than going to the defending World Series Champion Dodgers.
You can’t be more excited than to be with a World Series team…If there was one thing you want, its to go to a team that won the World Series. They’re not losing anybody, this team is stacked and I can’t be more excited.
Dodgers Get Corey Knebel! Can He Regain Elite Status With LA?
As it turns out, the trade really did come down to the wire for the Dodgers and Knebel. They could have waited for him to be non-tendered, but that would have opened him up to the other 28 teams to sign him away. Knebel went on to describe the final minutes before the trade was official.
I got a text from my agent saying the Dodgers might be interested and then next thing I know I’m getting a call from [David] Stearns. It kind of all happened within 5 minutes, it was great. I had a great time with Milwaukee, a lot of years there, and now I’m ready to move on to the next chapter.
If Knebel can return to his All-Star form, the Dodgers are going to be in a really good spot moving forward. At his best, he can strike out guys at a ridiculously high rate without allowing very many home runs at all. Between 2017 and 2018, Knebel struck out 214 batters and allowed just 13 home runs in 133 appearances.
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