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.
Free-agent reliever Tommy Kahnle in agreement with Dodgers on two-year contract, source tells The Athletic. Kahnle underwent Tommy John surgery in August.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 23, 2020
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.
Tommy Kahnle, Disgusting 90mph Changeup (w/ tail). ? pic.twitter.com/5TMWlHRWJf
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 20, 2019
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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