4. Derek Law will not be on the Reds roster by September 1st.
This last selection came down to three names; Derek Law, Curt Casali, and Luke Weaver. But the Cincinnati Reds would seem to value Casali's work with the pitching staff more than Law's versatility. With less than month until roster expansion, it feels like a good bet to assume that Casali will still be part of the roster by September 1st.
As for Weaver, while he's struggled mightily as a starter, the Reds could see him as a reliever heading into the final month of the 2023 season. If both Casali and Weaver, I'm afraid Law may be on his way out.
Law was terrific to begin the year. After putting together, arguably, the best spring training of any reliever, Law became David Bell's go-to pitcher in almost any and every scenario. Law was used as an opener, a closer, and everything in between.
But it seemed as Law was logging too many innings early in the season, and that landed the right-hander on the IL with a right elbow sprain. Law missed about six week's worth of action, and he has seen more downs than ups since returning to the Reds bullpen.
If Casey Legumina, Vladimir Gutierrez, and Tejay Antone are all due back this month, that Reds bullpen is going to get very crowded. Lucas Sims, Alexis Diaz, Ian Gibaut, and Buck Farmer seem to have their roster spots on lockdown.
Alex Young and Sam Moll, being the only two left-handers in the bullpen, are safe as well. Derek Law falls into that next tier with Fernando Cruz and Daniel Duarte. Both Cruz and Duarte have minor league options remaining, and while Law has arguably been better than both this season, he may be the odd man out.