With the Yankees losing Tommy Kahnle to free agency and a ton of talent on the market, who should the Yankees replace him with?
The Yankees attempted to outright Kahnle to the minors for his Tommy John rehab, but he declined it and elected free agency. For the fans who are freaking out, Kahnle was most likely not going to pitch this year and would have been a wasted roster spot. With Kahnle’s departure, it opens the door for his replacement, and there are many replacements on the market. Here are three possible players to replace Kahnle.
Hendriks is currently the best bullpen arm in the free-agent class. He has been the A’s closer for roughly a year and a half and has been one of the best arms in baseball. In 2019, his first year as closer, Hendriks pitched to a 1.80 ERA and struck out 124 batters in 85 innings. Hendriks finally was put into a great role that year and ran away with it and 2020 was no different. In 2020, he pitched to a 3-1 record with a 1.78 era and 37 strikeouts in 25 innings. Hendriks comes at the batters with an upper 90’s fastball and has a curve and a slider. Hendriks is the perfect man to replace Kahnle and also has the potential to go multiple innings. The one issue is, he would be turning down closer roles to join the Yankees.