The Dodgers on Tuesday finalized their two-year contract with reliever Tommy Kahnle, worth a guaranteed $4.75 million.
Kahnle had Tommy John surgery in August and is expected to miss most if not all of the 2021 season. The contract, as reported last week, is accordingly backloaded.
Kahnle will receive a $550,000 signing bonus, and a $750,000 salary in 2021. In 2022, the right-hander will make $3.45 million. Kahnle can also earn up to $750,000 in bonuses based on games pitched in 2022, per the Associated Press: $250,000 for 60 games, and $500,000 for 70 games. He pitched in 69 games in 2017 and 72 games in 2019, and averaged 47 games in his first six major league seasons (2014-19).
With the $4.75 million guarantee to Kahnle spread over two years, that’s a $2.375 million charge in each season for competitive balance tax purposes.
At the moment, the Dodgers have 10 players under contract for a total of $122.6 million 2021, and $126.6 million for purposes of the competitive balance.
Add in the estimated salaries for the seven players eligible for arbitration ($37.3 million), money to Minnesota for the Kenta Maeda trade ($563,500), and estimates for the remaining major league ($6.5 million) and minor league players ($2.5 million) on the 40-man roster, plus benefits ($15.5 million), the Dodgers are at roughly $189 million in competitive balance tax payroll for the coming season. The CBT threshold for 2021 is $210 million.
With Kahnle now officially signed, the Dodgers have 39 players on the 40-man roster.