LOS ANGELES – It’s almost an annual tradition for the Dodgers to carry a flyer about a land reclamation project in their bullpen. And often those gambling involves former All-Star shutters.
They took over right-handed Corey Knebel from the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday to fill that role for 2021. The Brewers had planned not to offer Knebel, making him a free agent, but instead they traded him in to the Dodgers just before the deadline in exchange for a player named later or cash considerations.
A first-round draft pick from the University of Texas in 2013, Knebel made it to the majors in 2014 with the Detroit Tigers before having a fairly successful four-season run with the Brewers, crowned with an All-Star appearance in 2017 when he converted 39 of 45 save chances with a 1.78 ERA.
In 2018, Knebel played in six of the seven NLCS games between the Brewers and Dodgers, striking out 10 batters from the 24 batters he faced and giving up only two hits in seven innings.
But he missed the entire 2019 season after Tommy John’s surgery and had a 6.08 ERA in 13-1 / 3 innings last season after returning.
Knebel, 29, made $ 5.125 million for each of the past two seasons. He will join six other players eligible for arbitration on the current roster of the Dodgers – shortstop Corey Seager, outfielder / first baseman Cody Bellinger, pitchers Walker Buehler, Julio Urias and Dylan Floro, and catcher Austin Barnes.