Top 10 Free Agent Signings in Texas Rangers History
By Chris Giles
#7- Colby Lewis (from Japan, 2010-2016)
Colby Lewis pitched his first game in the majors at the age of 22. He started his career in Texas and pitched parts of three seasons for the Rangers before being selected off waivers by Detroit. Lewis pitched one season in Detroit followed by one season in Oakland before he moved to Japan. Lewis was extremely successful for two seasons in Japan and was free to sign with any team if he moved back to North America.
On January 19, 2010, Colby Lewis signed a free agency deal to return and play with the Texas Rangers, the team that drafted him in 1999. According to baseball-reference.com, Lewis earned $1.75M to return to Texas. During his six seasons with the Rangers, after Japan, Lewis earned $19M. During his nine seasons in Texas, Lewis started 194 games, pitched 1,174.1 innings, had a 77-70 record, a 4.65 ERA, and 933 SO.
For his MLB career, Lewis pitched 1,215 innings in 11 seasons, compiled a 77-72 record, and had 961 SO.