The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired RHP Corey Knebel from the Milwaukee Brewers for a PTBNL or cash considerations.
This is a typical Dodgers front office move. They capitalize on a player that is normally good but had a down year in 2020 and will hope that he can bounce back and be dominant. This trade is very reminiscent of the Brandon Morrow or Blake Treinen acquisitions. Both pitchers were normally very dominant back end pitchers but had one down year that lowered their value and the Dodgers took advantage of that. The outcome? Brandon Morrow helped the Dodgers reach the World Series in 2017 and Blake Treinen helped the Dodgers win a World Series in 2020.
Corey Knebel, 29, has spent the last five seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers where he was selected to be an All Star in 2017. In that time he has pitched in 231 games with 227.2 innings pitched. With that he has recorded 57 saves, 325 strikeouts and a 3.20 era.
Now that Blake Treinen is a free agent and has gained a lot of interest, this makes his value go way up and possibly out of the Dodgers comfort zone for a reliever. Acquiring Knebel might be one of the Dodgers back up plans in case they are unable to resign Treinen or another big name free agent reliever such as Liam Hendriks.