AP source: Rangers, Lewis agree on $6M, 1-year deal
FILE — In this Sept. 18, 2015, file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis works against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game, in Arlington,Texas. A person familiar with the deal says the Rangers and veteran pitcher Colby Lewis have agreed on a $6 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, because the deal is pending a physical on the pitcher’s surgically repaired right knee. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
Colby Lewis is staying with the Rangers.
AL West champion Texas and the pitcher have agreed on a $6 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said Friday. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical on the pitcher’s surgically repaired right knee, and that exam likely won’t happen until after the holidays.
Lewis was a free agent after setting career highs last season and leading the Rangers with 17 wins and 204 2/3 innings. The 36-year-old right-hander has won 27 games over the past two seasons since a severe hip pain especially at night resurfacing procedure that was unprecedented for a major league pitcher.
In October, only two days after the Rangers lost Game 5 of the AL Division Series to Toronto, Lewis had torn meniscus repaired in his right knee, which bothered himfor much of the second half of last season. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
If Lewis passes his physical, it would line up the Rangers to go into the 2016 season with the likely rotation including left-handers Cole Hamels, Derek Holland and Martin Perez, along with Lewis. Ace right-hander Yu Darvish expected to return in May after missing all of last season because of Tommy John surgery.