Yankees Beat Out Red Sox For Free Agent Reliever


The Boston Red Sox had been hard at work trying to sign a free agent reliever, getting "deep" into talks last night. But today we learn that the New York Yankees have swooped in and brought back Tommy Kahnle.

The right-hander returns to the Yankees, where he pitched from 2017 to 2020. It's a 2-year deal worth $11.5M. 

Kahnle only got into one inning in 2020 before undergoing Tommy John surgery, and has only pitched 13.2 innings in the last three seasons combined. 

He made the most of it last year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, however, allowing just five hits in his 12.2 innings, with a 2.84 ERA and an 0.63 WHIP with a 14:3 strikeout to walk ratio. 

In his previous stint in Pinstripes, he put up a 4.01 ERA in 112 innings over parts of four seasons, striking out a sizzling 12.6 batters per nine.

The Yankees are hoping that, going into his 3rd year post-Tommy John, he'll be back full-time to his bat-missing stuff. 

The BoSox are hoping to add several relievers this offseason, but they struck out on this one.

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