ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by John G. Mabanglo-Pool/Getty Images)
After all of the stories of the past two seasons in Rangers baseball involving the Rangers pitching staff, there's one that has remained constant.
There was the Cliff Lee acquisition in 2010, and months later, he was gone.
There was the fine season put up by C.J. Wilson in 2011, which followed a breakout season in 2010. And now, he's gone.
Colby Lewis has pitched two seasons for the Rangers and has eclipsed 200 innings in both while putting up a combined record of 26-23, taking some hard-luck losses in 2010 to make that look worse than his performance has been.
He's also been the Rangers best postseason pitcher in team history, with the sample size being the last two years.
In his eight postseason starts, he's 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA. Can't get a whole lot better than that.
And after this year, he could be gone.
Lewis is a free agent after this season and would probably like to remain with a team that gave him a shot as a guy trying to get back into the majors after spending some time in Japan.
As we've discovered recently, the Rangers seem to be putting all of their time and resources into the Yu Darvish negotiations, which must be completed by 4 p.m. on Jan. 18, but once that ends, Lewis will be one of many current Rangers who will be thinking extension before their current deals expire.
Do you think the Rangers should put Lewis at the top of their priority list alongside guys like Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton?