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Rangers interested in re-signing Colby Lewis

Texas has already begun contract negotiations with the veteran right-hander.

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The Texas Rangers have shown interest in bringing back veteran right-hander Colby Lewis, as general manager Jon Daniels tells Calvin Watkins of that the club has already entered preliminary talks with Lewis' agent, Alan Nero. As it stands, the 35-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.

Lewis, who has been with the Rangers since 2010, missed all of 2013 following hip surgery, but returned on a minor league deal this season and wound up leading the club with 170.1 innings pitched in 29 starts. While Lewis showed that he was healthy enough to log a sizable innings total, his performance was nothing special. He posted a 5.18 ERA (75 ERA+), 4.46 FIP, 7.0 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, and 1.6 fWAR.

The Rangers originally drafted Lewis in the first round of the 1999 draft, and he spent his first three big league seasons with the club (2002-2004) before making several short stints in the Tigers, Nationals, Athletics, and Royals organizations. Lewis would sign with Texas prior to the 2010 season, and he proved to be a quality starter during the club's successful 2010-2012 run.