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Lewis: Rangers Offered Contract



    Lewis: Rangers Offered Contract
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    Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    It's not news that the Texas Rangers want to bring back veteran starting pitcher Colby Lewis after his surprisingly good comeback last season following more than 18 months away from a big-league mound after two separate surgeries — elbow surgery and an unprecedented hip resurfacing procedure.

    But what is news is that the Rangers have actually extended a contract offer to the right-hander, who is far and away the Rangers' best postseason pitcher in club history and had a career resurgence over the second half of 2014 after it looked like he had lost his touch.

    Lewis told the Bakersfield Californian, his hometown newspaper, that the Rangers have made an offer for the 2015 season, but didn't disclose any terms.

    It's hard to imagine any other big-league team wanting Lewis any more than the Rangers do, as he'd be a great veteran piece to fill out the back end of their rotation and help mentor some of the club's younger pitchers.

    In 2014, he finished the year as the Rangers' leader in innings pitched (170 1/3) and tied Yu Darvish for the team lead with 10 wins with a 5.18 ERA. However, his ERA over the season's second half was a much prettier 3.86.