Kahnle was traded to the White Sox on Tuesday in exchange for pitching prospect Yency Almonte. While it is obviously an improvement for any pitcher to be traded from Colorado, Kahnle has not started a game as a professional, so he just offers Chicago with some organizational bullpen depth. The 26-year-old righty has a career 4.41 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 102 innings in the big leagues.
Kahnle was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. John Axford, Wilin Rosario and Rex Brothers were also cleared to make room for four young players that needed to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. Kahnle was given a brief audition in the closer role in August, but he allowed nine runs in three appearances to lose the job after less than two weeks. The right-hander finished with a 4.86 ERA and 1.77 WHIP.
The Rockies called up pitcher Jason Gurka on Friday and sent down pitcher Tommy Kahnle, reports MLB.com. Meanwhile, the team also designated pitcher Kenny Roberts for assignment.
Rockies relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle recorded his second save of the season in Sunday's win over the Nationals. Kahnle overcame two walks to close out the ninth inning of his team's victory. He now has a 2.51 ERA in 28 2/3 innings this season.
Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle earned his first career save on Friday, and manager Walt Weiss must have liked what he saw. On Saturday, Weiss officially announced that Kahnle would be the Rockies' closer, at least for the near future, per the Denver Post.