Somehow Colby Lewis wasn’t the comeback player of the year. And now he might not even come back at all.
Even though the Rangers have offered the veteran pitcher a major-league deal, Lewis has decided to at least test the free-agent market.
“We've had dialogue there,” Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels said Friday on a conference call. “Not able to reach an agreement. It doesn't mean we won’t at some point down the line, but he’s going to test the market, and I think you know I have a ton of respect for Colby as a player and as a person. The door is open and if it works for both of us at a later point. But he’s going to test the market right now.”
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After major hip surgery, Lewis signed a one-year deal with Texas last spring, then surprisingly led the te4am with 10 wins. If all arms are healthy, he’s a No. 5 starter in Arlington.
But if he gets a decent offer elsewhere – he shares an agent with new Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon – the 35-year-old might have thrown his last pitch for the Rangers.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.