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Dodgers: Tommy Kahnle Signs 2-Year Deal With Yankees

For the second time in the past few days, a member of the 2022 Dodgers bullpen is leaving Los Angeles to sign a two-year deal with an AL East team. After losing Chris Martin to the Red Sox over the weekend, L.A. watched Tommy Kahnle walk away on Tuesday morning.

Kahnle missed most of his two seasons in Dodger blue, but when he was on the mound, he was excellent. The right-handed changeup artist posted a 1.04 ERA in 8.2 innings after coming off the injured list in September. His postseason performance was one he’d rather forget, as he allowed all three batters he faced in the decisive Game 4 of the NLDS to reach base. All three eventually scored, helping turn a 3-0 Dodgers lead into a 5-3 Padres victory that knocked L.A. out of the postseason.

Kahnle pitched in 129 games over four seasons with the Yankees from 2017-20, posting a 4,01 ERA with 157 strikeouts in 112.1 innings pitched. He had Tommy John surgery in 2020 and signed with Los Angeles after that season, making a brief return in early 2022 before heading back to the injured list until September.

The 33-year-old Kahnle is a New York native, which might have played into his free-agency decision. Before the Yankees and Dodgers, he pitched for the Rockies and White Sox, showing flashes of brilliance everywhere he went but never totally sustaining it. Still, he has an 11.1 K/9 for his career, and if he can keep his walk rate closer to 2022’s 2.1 BB/9 — half his career mark of 4.2 — he could be poised for a big breakout.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Well done dodgers management, you paid for him to get medically better, improved his pitching and then allowed him to walk free to a title rival.

    Are Freeman and Roberts going to do anything this off season or are they just wanting to get under the salary cap and forget about winning in 2023

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