What we've all known for a while is finally officially out there on the record, as both the Texas Rangers and Colby Lewis seem to want a reunion for the 2016 season. Now, they just have to figure out the terms to get it done.
"The ball’s in their court," Lewis told the Star-Telegram. “We haven’t had any conversations with the Rangers.
"There are quite a few other teams that have called and have gotten all the medicals. We’ll see. This is my first choice. This is where I want to be. If I don’t fit in, then I don’t fit it. That’s just how baseball operates these days."
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Lewis won 17 games a year ago and posted an ERA in the mid-4.00s while leading the Rangers in innings with 204 2/3. It was a workmanlike effort from Lewis, who returned from an unprecedented hip resurfacing surgery and has also had arm surgeries, but he had knee surgery when the season ended. Now, he's already begun rehabbing, according to the Star-Telegram, and got clearance from team doctor Dr. Keith Meister.
"I think if I had a full healthy year, I wouldn’t know what to do," said Lewis, who is not holding offers from any other clubs. "I’m just rolling along and letting teams get interested. I don’t want to be low-balled staying at home."
Rangers GM Jon Daniels has long said he'd like to see Lewis back in Texas, and continued saying that ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings that began on Monday.
"We’re still interested in him returning," Daniels said. "The feelings certainly haven’t changed on our end."