Phillies Land Reliever Corey Knebel in Free Agency
It was reported earlier this week that the Phillies had serious interest in free agent reliever Corey Knebel, today the signed him according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
On Wednesday, the Phillies and Knebel agreed to a free agent deal. pending a physical.
The deal is reported to be a 1-year, $10 million deal, per Jon Heyman.
Knebel, 30, had a outstanding season in LA with a 2.45 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 30 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings pitched.
He has been very goo din the postseason with both Milwaukee and LA, appearing in 16 career postseason games, posting a 1.72 ERA and 0.70 WHIP while holding opponents to a .137/.214/.196 slash line with no home runs, four walks and 25 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. Thirteen of his 16 postseason appearances have been scoreless.
Where he fits in with the Phillies bullpen will be something to watch in Spring Training, with Hector Neris gone. The veteran right-hander could be a candidate for the closing job, he saved 38 games with the Brewers back in 2017, but injuries have derailed him over the past couple of season.
Knebel has appeared in 266 career games, posting a 3.23 ERA with 60 saves and 366 strikeouts in 262.0 innings.