11:24 am: MLB Networks Jon Heyman tweets that Kahnles deal is worth $5.25 MM over the 2 years, although it appears thats the level at which the agreement can max out and not the guaranteed portion. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Kahnle will earn $750K in 2021, $3.45 MM in 2022 and can make another $750K worth of rewards.
11:06 am: The Dodgers have accepted a two-year contract with free-agent right-hander Tommy Kahnle, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). Kahnle is not likely to pitch in 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery back in early August, so the offer will likely be backloaded to offer the Dodgers a potential late-inning weapon in year 2 of the pact. Kahnle is represented by the Ballengee Group.
Kahnle, 31, was outrighted off the Yankees 40-man lineup at seasons end and elected free agency. He has five-plus years of Major League service time, implying he was set up to end up being a free agent following the 2021 season anyways. Considered that hes highly unlikely to pitch next season, it was only logical that the Yankees cut him from the 40-man lineup.
A reunion between the Yankees and Kahnle hasnt appeared likely with the Yanks seemingly intent on remaining south of the luxury tax limit, as a backloaded two-year offer for Kahnle would feature some degree of high-end implications based on its average annual value. His two-year deal will follow a current trend of multi-year agreements for pitchers rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Recent examples of such agreements consist of Nathan Eovaldis two-year handle the Rays, Michael Pinedas (first) two-year handle the Twins and Drew Smylys two-year pact with the Cubs.
In Kahnle, the Dodgers will be getting a prospective effect arm to contribute to their late-inning mix in 2022, when Kenley Jansens five-year pact will have run its course. Joe Kellys three-year pact will likewise be up, though L.A. holds a $12MM club option on him for the 2022 campaign. Kahnle struggled through a disastrous 2018 season, he was fantastic in 2016-17 and rather good in 2019. He only pitched one (scoreless) inning in 2020 before going down with the injury that led to his surgery, nevertheless.
All informed, Kahnle brings a 3.48 ERA and 3.05 FIP in 175 2/3 innings dating back to the 2016 season. Along the way, hes balanced 12.4 strikeouts, 3.7 strolls and 0.92 home runs per 9 innings pitched. The hard-throwing Kahnle has balanced 96.8 miles per hour on his heating unit in that time, which has assisted add to an excellent 15.9 percent swinging-strike rate and a 32.8 percent challengers chase rate on pitches outside the strike zone.
With Jansen and Kelly possibly both off the lineup by the time Kahnle is able to pitch for the Dodgers, hell be joining what must be a much different-looking relief corps. Flamethrowing Brusdar Graterol will be provided the opportunity to more work his method into the late-inning mix this year and might factor plainly into that group. Right-hander Dylan Floro and lefties Victor Gonzalez, Adam Kolarek and Scott Alexander are all under club control into the 2022 season.
11:06 am: The Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent right-hander Tommy Kahnle, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). Kahnle is not likely to pitch in 2021 after going through Tommy John surgical treatment back in early August, so the offer will likely be backloaded to give the Dodgers a potential late-inning weapon in year two of the pact. A reunion between the Yankees and Kahnle hasnt seemed likely with the Yanks relatively intent on staying south of the luxury tax limit, as a backloaded two-year deal for Kahnle would come with some degree of high-end ramifications based on its typical yearly worth. In Kahnle, the Dodgers will be getting a potential impact arm to include to their late-inning mix in 2022, when Kenley Jansens five-year pact will have run its course.