Former Dodgers Reliever Corey Knebel, Phillies Agree to 1-Year Contract

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 1, 2021

Los Angeles, CA - October 19: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Corey Knebel delivers a pitch during the fourth inning in game three in the 2021 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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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. 

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The Phillies have signed right-handed reliever Corey Knebel to a one-year year contract, President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski announced today.<br><br>Welcome to Philly, Corey! <a href="https://t.co/BCAyyM2xrB">pic.twitter.com/BCAyyM2xrB</a>

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.