The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has re-signed free agent right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis to a one-year contract for the 2016 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 36-year-old Lewis had a 17-9 record with a 4.66 ERA (106 ER/204.2 IP) over 33 games/starts for the Rangers in 2015, establishing career bests and leading the staff in wins, innings, and starts (tied). His 17 wins ranked fifth in the American League and were the most by a Ranger since Matt Harrison's 18 wins in 2012. Lewis also ranked among league leaders last season in starts (T2nd), fewest walks per 9 innings (4th, 1.8), winning percentage (8th, .654), and quality starts (T8th, 20).
Lewis, who had right knee surgery for a meniscus tear on October 19, 2015, is expected to begin throwing off a mound when spring training begins in February.
Originally selected by the Rangers in the supplemental first round of the 1999 June draft, Lewis has spent nearly his entire major league career in the Texas organization, and ranks sixth in club history in wins (71), strikeouts (860), innings (1058.0), and starts (175). He has recorded 10-or-more wins in four of the five seasons in which he has pitched since rejoining the Rangers in 2010 following two years with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League in 2008-09.
Lewis has gone 71-67 with a 4.81 ERA over 214 games/176 starts in the major leagues with Texas (2002-04, 2010-15), Detroit (2006), and Oakland (2007), including a 71-65 mark and 4.76 ERA in 186 games/175 starts for the Rangers. He also has a 4-1 record and 2.38 ERA over 9 games/8 starts in the postseason with Texas, the most career playoff wins of any pitcher in franchise history.
With the signing of Lewis, the Rangers are now at the 40-man limit on the major league roster.