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Podcast episode 2035: Dodgers take a chance on Corey Knebel

Trade with Brewers gives LA bullpen another reclamation project

MLB: AUG 27 Brewers at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Our decision to hold off on this week’s podcast until after the tender deadline paid off, since the Dodgers gave us a nice shiny, new reliever to talk about in Corey Knebel, who was acquired from Milwaukee for a player to be named later or cash.

Knebel was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2017-18, but Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2019 and he wasn’t as effective in 2020. This is an upside play for the Dodgers, hoping Knebel, further removed from injury and with a chance to work with the development team in Los Angeles.

We discuss the trade plus other Dodgers roster news of the previous two weeks, including Scott Alexander’s one-year deal and players added to the 40-man roster.

Please send all of your questions to, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. Credit as always goes to producer Brian Salvatore for behind-the-scenes excellence.

Dodgers rewind

I extended the Brewers-Dodgers question with a trivia question for Jacob, and also with this week’s rewind. Jim Colborn was the Dodgers’ pitching coach under manager Jim Tracy from 2001-05, and followed Tracy to Pittsburgh in the same role in 2006.

Colborn pitched for nine major league seasons, including five years for the Brewers, and still holds the franchise record for innings pitched in a season. Colborn threw a no-hitter for the Royals, and was the Tigers third base coach in the movie “For Love of the Game.”

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