#3 Non-Tendered player: Derek Law
Law is a right-handed reliever who has a couple of interesting connections to the Texas Rangers. In 2009, Texas drafted him in the 28th round, but did not sign. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the ninth round in 2011. He worked his way through the minors and made his debut in 2016 pitching for the Bruce Bochy-led Giants. That would end up being the last Giants team that Bochy would manage to the playoffs.
Law is now 33 years old and was non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds. In 2023 Law had a 3.60 ERA in 55 innings pitched. His ERA was the lowest it has been in a season since his rookie season in 2016. He allowed a .239 batting average against which also was the lowest of his career since 2016. There are also some negative statistics as he saw a higher hard hit rate in 2023 and a far lower ground ball rate in 2023 as compared to 2022.
Law is a veteran pitcher who has pitched in numerous scenarios in his career. We all know that Texas needs bullpen help and more importantly bullpen depth. Law would provide that at a price that would not hinder them from being able to pursue more expensive bullpen options. He also could provide value if he can take some of the load off of Jose Leclerc and Josh Sborz and give Texas another right-handed option in the bullpen.
Law would be in a role similar to what Will Smith had this prior season. A veteran pitcher who is always ready when called upon. Texas having a flexible reliever would make everyone's job just a little bit easier including the manager's. Law showed enough in 2023 to indicate that there is still some life in his arm. He showed that maybe under the tutelage of Mike Maddux, he might be able to continue to improve his performance. It would give Bochy another veteran arm that he can trust in any situation.