The Texas Rangers have been working hard to re-sign RHP Colby Lewis to help address holes in the starting rotation. Even before the season ended Jon Daniels was in contact with Lewis’s agent to work on a new deal.
It didn’t take long after the World Series for the Texas Rangers to have a proposal to Colby Lewis. But, he decided to reject the offer and test the free-agent market. There were no details about the initial offer, but Evan Grant from the Dallas news reports that it is now likely that Lewis and the Rangers will manage to get a deal worked out to bring him back.
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No additional details about that deal either, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if it is a 2 deal with an option for 3rd year to bring him back. If Colby Lewis is able to replicate what he did in the second half of the 2014 season, then this decision is a no-brainer. Hopefully he’ll be able to continue to improve his pitching with the new hip and look more like the version of Lewis that helped get the Rangers to the playoffs in 2010 and 2011.
Overall this seems like a good decision for the Texas Rangers. Colby Lewis did very well in the second half and is a solid number 4 or 5 pitcher in the starting rotation. Also, he should come a price the Rangers can afford and that will allow them to room for additional changes to the starting rotation.