The Texas Rangers weren't expected to be able to re-sign veteran pitcher Colby Lewis on their terms.
The greatest postseason pitcher in Rangers history hasn't pitched in the big leagues since July 2012 and was expected to try to sign with a team this offseason where he could compete for a few open rotation spots, not just the one the Rangers have in the No. 5 rotation spot.
Lewis is a low-risk, high-reward option for the Rangers in the rotation, as he signed a contract worth $2 million if he makes the major-league roster, which he'd basically be a lock to do if he's healthy. He could earn up to $6 million with incentives.
The 34-year-old righty underwent arm surgery in 2012 and was expected to return around the All-Star break last season before having to undergo hip surgery and missing all of last season.
In two postseasons with the Rangers, Lewis went 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA, including a gem in Game 6 of the 2010 ALCS, the clinching win over the New York Yankees.
If Lewis can be healthy and ready to roll, he'd be a fantastic addition as a fifth starter behind Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Martin Perez. If he's not healthy, and he doesn't make the big-league roster, the Rangers can wash their hands clean.