Right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis has signed a one-year deal for $6 million to return to the Texas Rangers for the 2016 season.
Lewis, 36, led the club last season with 17 wins and 142 strikeouts.
His tremendous performance was a big factor in the Rangers successfully winning the A.L. West and a trip to the playoffs, where they ultimately lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALDS. His performance took a lot of us by surprise, because many Rangers fans thought he had nothing left due to age and injuries. However Lewis proved everyone wrong and that he’s still got it and that he can be the dominant pitcher he was before.
After terrific performances in the 2010 and 2011 postseasons, Lewis’ career began to derail due to numerous injuries. Lewis missed the entire 2013 season due to an elbow injury and a serious hip injury, which almost forced him to undergo hip-replacement surgery. But Lewis fought and fought through extensive rehab and eventually made it back to the starting rotation. Since returning from his career-threatening injuries, Lewis has compiled a 27-23 record.
Lewis did have surgery back in October to fix a torn lateral meniscus in his knee. According to reports, he damaged it in May, but he made it through the rest of the season. The Rangers need to be very careful. They can’t afford for him to be injured again, so they need to take it slow and easy with him. By the time Spring Training arrives, he should be limited, but it looks as though he’ll be good to go by the time the season begins.
Bringing back Colby Lewis is a great investment for the organization. Since he had a great 2015 season, he brings great experience and leadership not only to the pitching rotation, but to the entire team. His expertise and talent are an added bonus to the highly talented Rangers pitching rotation. But like I said before, the organization must not rush him because they’ll need him to be 100 percent. We all know what Colby Lewis is capable of doing when he’s healthy and ready to go. You never know how all of a sudden he can be a very dangerous pitcher.