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Dodgers News: Free Agent Reliever Tommy Kahnle Agrees to 2-Year Deal with LA



Today the Dodgers reportedly agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent right-hander Tommy Kahnle. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the agreement.

Details of the deal aren’t yet available, MLB insider Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $4.75 million, plus incentives. The reliever will more of a long-term play for the Dodgers. Kahnle is coming off Tommy John surgery in August, putting him in line for a return in August or September 2021 in the best case scenario. The second year on the deal adds security for LA in 2022.

The 31-year-old right-hander is a veteran of 7 big league seasons, most recently with the New York Yankees. In 285 career appearances, Kahnle has recorded a 9-9 record with a 3.82 ERA (3.47 FIP) in 277.2 innings pitched. In his finest season, he posted a 2.59 ERA over 69 nice appearances with the Chicago White Sox and Yankees.

While he’s not quite a closer of the future type, he does add depth alongside Corey Knebel, Joe Kelly, and Kenley Jansen, among others. He also continues LA’s run of adding low risk, high reward bullpen options.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. OK! Dodgers sign a former yankees player. Yes, the word, ‘yankees’ was intently typed with a small “y.” Once the deal is done, I will be waiting for the punch line….

  2. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of injured pitchers yearning to restart their careers.

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