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Rangers bring Colby Lewis back on minor league deal

Nov 23, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

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The Rangers announced this afternoon that they have re-signed right-hander Colby Lewis to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that he’d make $2 million if he makes the Rangers and could earn an addition $4 million with incentives.

Lewis hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since July 18, 2012, after which he required surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. The 34-year-old encountered multiple setbacks while attempting to rehab this year and was ultimately shut down to undergo season-ending hip surgery.

Lewis posted a 3.93 ERA and averaged 8.1 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 80 starts from 2010-2012, so this is a low-risk/high-reward situation for Texas. He’s far from a guarantee to be healthy and effective in the spring, but the Rangers could have the option to keep Alexi Ogando in the bullpen if Lewis locks down a rotation spot.

  1. markofapro - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Sounds good to me!

  2. clydeserra - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    this is a can’t lose for the rangers.

  3. kennyadler1 - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Man I hope he gets back….he’s a gamer and a good pitcher, hate to see his career end with two terrible injuries

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