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Dodgers notes: Corey Knebel, Gerardo Carrillo, Jesus Galiz

New Dodgers reliever hopes for return to form

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To take a break from the debating the merits and likelihood of the Dodgers interest in various free agents, from the expected Justin Turner return to possible pursuits of Trevor Bauer and/or Marcus Semien, here are some other tidbits from the last few days.

All moves the Dodgers have made so far this offseason have been in the bullpen, trading for Corey Knebel and Garrett Cleavinger while signing free agents Blake Treinen and Tommy Kahnle, with Kahnle likely to miss most if not all of 2020 after Tommy John surgery in August.

The Dodgers acquired Knebel, the former Brewers closer, in December, hoping for a bounce-back now further removed from his Tommy John surgery. Knebel explained his struggles with command in 2020 to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, saying, “The velocity wasn’t there. The control wasn’t there. I was trying to throw it as hard as I could, and everything just went to crap.”

An uptick in velocity in the last few weeks of the season was appealing to the Dodgers. More DiGiovanna, this time from Dave Roberts:

“I think the uptick in velo speaks to arm strength, which allows you to spin the baseball even better,” Roberts said. “So if the arm speed rebounds, then you can bet the curveball will be what it was as well.”

The Dodgers last week avoided salary arbitration with Knebel, who will be a free agent at season’s end. The 29 year old will make $5.25 million in 2021.