Shaker High School graduate, Tommy Kanhle is entering his 9th season in Major League Baseball. The right-hander from Latham has pitched well enough to earn a 2-year/$11.5 million contract with the New York Yankees through the 2024 season. However, Kahnle's second stint in pinstripes has gotten off to a slow start.
In professional sports, you don't want to plan on injuries. However, you have to be smart and prepare for them. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman lured the biggest pitching prize of the 2023 free agent market, Carlos Rodón, to the Bronx. The GM certainly didn't want to plan for his left-handed pitcher's replacement in mid-March.
It's been a long road for former Shaker High School pitcher, Tommy Kahnle, since he became one of the most valuable middle relievers in all of Major League Baseball in 2019. That year, the Latham native pitched in 72 games for the New York Yankees amassing 27 "holds" with an impressive 3.67 ERA. Kahnle's money pitch, the knee-buckling change-up, was amongst the best in baseball. Then after only one game in the COVID shortened 2020 season, injury struck his valuable right elbow and his relationship with the Yankees ended.
The New York Yankees and former Shaker star Tommy Kahnle might be parting ways. Kahnle chose free agency over outright assignment from the Yankees. The right-handed reliever will test the market instead of being sent to the minors while he rehabs from Tommy John Surgery in August.
As Tommy Kahnle continues to train for his first full season with the Yankees, the hard-throwing reliever got some good news Thursday night. The Shaker High School grad and the Yankees agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million dollar deal to avoid arbitration. Kahnle, who took over the set up role from Dellin Betances last season, was able to do what Betances could not; avoid a contentious court battle over a season's salary.