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Rangers interested in bringing back Colby Lewis

Nov 8, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

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Colby Lewis hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since July 18, 2012 due to elbow and hip surgeries, but that hasn’t stopped the Rangers from attempting to bring him back.

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed today that the club made an offer to Lewis and are  currently awaiting a response. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram speculates that a minor league deal was offered, so he’ll presumably see if he can find a guaranteed major league deal first.

Lewis posted a 3.93 ERA and averaged 8.1 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 80 starts with the Rangers from 2010-2012, so there’s still quite a bit of upside if he’s healthy. The 34-year-old will hope for better luck on that end in 2014.

  1. rangermania - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Isn’t it great that ball players coming off a year of rehab expect a guaranteed contract?
    The Rangers stuck with Colby all of last year with no results and now he’s looking?
    I always liked Colby but much like rookies wanting big bucks guaranteed with no proven results I say no. If the teams quit catering to these pie in the sky guys maybe there could be some sanity restored to player salaries. Good for the Rangers! There are 5 good starters available now (not Garza) so why bother with Colby?

    • shortbusrebel - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Well, for one, Lewis was phenomenal in the 2011 World Series. Better than any other starter. Second, do you not remember how many starters we lost last year? At the very least he can be a reliever and eat up tons of innings and WHEN a starter gets hurt he’ll be right there to fill in.

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