The Rangers have signed right-hander Derek Law to a minor league deal, as per a team press release. Law will receive an invitation to the team’s Major League Spring Training camp.
The Blue Jays non-tendered Law in December rather than go through the arbitration process with the 29-year-old. MLBTR’s Matt Swartz projected Law to receive a $1.3MM arbitration salary in 2020, coming on a heels of a 2019 campaign that saw Law post a 4.90 ERA, 9.9 K/9, and 1.68 K/BB rate over 60 2/3 innings for Toronto. It marked Law’s heaviest workload since his 2016 rookie season, though he has been an inconsistent performer since that breakout campaign, with a 5.25 ERA and 1.2 HR/9 over 111 1/3 innings since the start of the 2017 season.
On the plus side for Law is a solid 94.7mph fastball and his 50% grounder rate last season, his highest since that 2016 rookie year. There isn’t much risk for Texas in seeing what Law can do in camp as the Rangers continue to amass more bullpen depth. Law joins Luis Garcia, Nick Goody, Juan Nicasio, Joely Rodriguez, Brian Flynn, and Jimmy Herget as experienced relief options who will be battling for jobs on the Opening Day roster.