Former Dodgers Reliever Corey Knebel, Phillies Agree to 1-Year ContractDecember 1, 2021
The Philadelphia Phillies and reliever Corey Knebel agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract Wednesday.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported the dollar amount.
Knebel spent the 2021 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, posting a 4-0 record with a 2.45 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 27 appearances.
Injuries have been a major concern for Knebel in recent years. He missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and missed several months last season with a lat strain.
When Knebel has been able to take the mound, he's been a consistently stellar reliever capable of going multiple innings as an opener. He started four regular-season games and two postseason contests with the Dodgers.
The Phillies signing Knebel to a short-term deal is understandable given the litany of injury issues. If he performs as he did in 2021 and stays healthy next season, he'll be able to re-enter the market at age 31 and command a multiyear contract.
Knebel may also get a chance to serve as a full-time closer for the first time since 2017 if the Phillies are unable to land a more prominent arm in free agency.