On Saturday, the New York Yankees placed Tommy Kahnle on an outright assignment to remove him from the 40-man roster. He declined, making him a free agent. Kahnle underwent Tommy John in August of 2020, meaning he would be likely miss all of the 2021 season. Knowing he would likely not pitch, the move was obvious for the Yankees.
Tommy Kahnle made only one appearance in the 2020 season, throwing just one inning. He struck out all three batters in that inning. In late July, Kahnle dealt with right forearm tightness, later revealed to be an injury to his Ulnar Collateral Ligament. The extent of the injury was unknown until early August, when it was revealed that the ligament was torn. The 31 year old reliever is likely looking for a two year deal, like most guys undergoing Tommy John do. Kahnle is likely to get that, as his numbers on the mound have been very good.
In 2019 he pitched in 72 games and had a 3.67 ERA. During the 2016 and ‘17 seasons he pitched to 2.63 and 2.59 ERAs respectively.
In his career, he has a 2.61 strikeout/walk rate and has 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He did that in 277 ⅔ innings with the Yankees, White Sox, and Rockies. Tommy Kahnle has been a workhorse when healthy, tossing 60 or more innings three times in his career. Before getting injured in 2018, he was on pace to do it again.