The Blue Jays have designated Alen Hanson for assignment, adding reliever Derek Law to take his place on the roster.
This announcement comes less than 24 hours after Hanson made a ghastly defensive error in Los Angeles against the Angels, allowing a simple single to turn into an Andrelton Simmons triple.
Hanson, 26, was acquired by the Blue Jays from the San Francisco Giants in the Kevin Pillar trade and has appeared in 18 games, slashing .163/.229/.163 in 43 at-bats, including 17 strikeouts, three walks, and seven hits amounting to seven total bases.
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A versatile yet troubling defensive asset, Hanson was never considered to be a prime piece of the haul from the Giants. He struggled in the field and was constantly hopeless at the plate.
Law, 28, was also acquired by the Blue Jays in the Pillar trade, tossing 10.2 frames for the Bisons to an ERA of 1.69, striking out 17 and walking just three. A product of Miami Dade College, Law was drafted by the Giants in the ninth round of the 2011 draft.
With two wins and three saves to his name in the International League, the native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania appeared in seven games for the Giants last season, allowing 11 earned runs in 13.1 innings, spending the majority of the season with their Triple-A affiliate.
Now, the Blue Jays have cleared themselves of one of the team’s most underwhelming names, with Hanson potentially clearing waivers and heading to Buffalo until he’s needed again.
Law could eat some innings out of the bullpen and could even start a game as an opener, should Charlie Montoyo and his coaching staff decide to go that route. More to come.