Just over an hour after the 8 p.m. EST non-tender deadline, it was announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers had acquired right-hander Corey Knebel from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later or cash. Knebel was reportedly set to be non-tendered, but the Brewers instead found a trade for him. He will still be eligible for arbitration with Los Angeles.
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, 29, came back from Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2019 and struggled this past season. He held a 6.08 ERA with a 15-to-8 K/BB rate over 13.1 innings in relief. Knebel earned $5.125 million, and because of his 2020 struggles won’t get much of a raise on that. The Dodgers are never afraid to buy low on formerly great relievers.
The righty was at the top of his game from 2017-18 when he had 55 saves, a 2.54 ERA, and 2.74 FIP in 131.1 innings. He also struck out batters at a 14.7 K/9 rate and had a 40.2% strikeout percentage. He would be a solid addition to the Dodgers’ bullpen if he can get back to pre-Tommy John form.