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White Sox acquire RHP Tommy Kahnle from Rockies for RHP Yency Almonte

Kind of like the puzzles Grandpa gets over the holidays every year, the White Sox get Don Cooper a project for this offseason.

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The White Sox have acquired RHP Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies in exchange for minor league RHP Yency Almonte.  Kahnle was designated for assignment by the Rockies last Friday.

Kahnle split time in 2015 between the Rockies and their AAA team in Albuquerque.  With the Rockies, things didn't go so well.  He appeared in 36 games for the Rockies and walked 28 and struck out 39 in 33⅓ innings for a 4.86 ERA and 4.48 FIP.  Kahnle originally came to the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft from the Yankees.  In 2014, making the jump from AA to the majors, Kahnle put up a more acceptable 4.02 FIP and 4.19 ERA with 31 walks and 63 strikeouts in 68⅔ innings.

Kahnle has the profile that the Sox look for in relievers.  He throws a mid-90s fastball with a slider and change.  Even though he doesn't have a sinker, he is still primarily a groundball pitcher with his fourseamer which he throws of 60% of the time.

Almonte came to the Sox as the player to be named later from the Gordon Beckham deal with the Angels.  After some rocky starts at the beginning of the season, Almonte end up with a decent season split between Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, including coming up one out short of a nine inning no-hitter.