Rangers Extend Major-League Offer to Lewis

The fact that Colby Lewis shares an agent with newly free agent manager Joe Maddon might be the only reason there has been no clear movement on a contract between Lewis and the Texas Rangers.

Word is, Maddon will be named the next manager of the Cubs any day now, and don't be surprised if soon after the Rangers announce they've inked their veteran righty to a new deal.

Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News, reports that the Rangers offered Lewis a major-league deal, which is significant because he was playing on a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training last season. Lewis earned the trust of the Rangers by posting a 3.86 ERA over the second half of the season after struggling through the first half while trying to adjust to his new range of motion following hip resurfacing surgery last year.

There have been no figures released on the Rangers' offer, but you have to figure it's another one-year deal as the Rangers hope he can fill out the back of their starting rotation in 2015 and add a needed veteran presence.

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