Lewis hoping for quick offer from Rangers

Lewis hoping for quick offer from Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have five days after the end of the World Series to exercise exclusive rights to signing their own free agents. Pitcher Colby Lewis, who is a free agent, is hoping to at least get an offer from the Rangers by then, if not before.

"I would just like something on the table I can lie in bed and think about," Lewis said. "That's all I want … is to have a baseline and go from there. Something we can massage. …I want to be back."

Lewis is one of four potential free agents on the Rangers. The others are outfielder Alex Rios and pitchers Neal Cotts and Scott Baker. The Rangers have indicated they want Lewis back.

Lewis, who has made a strong comeback from flexor tendon and hip replacement operations, goes into his final start on Thursday with a record of 10-14 with a 5.34 ERA in 28 starts. He is 4-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break.

"I love the guy," Tim Bogar said. "I love his fight, his will. He has a lot he can teach hyoung kids on how to be successful at the Major League level."

"I feel in my mind [the season] has definitely been a success," Lewis said. "To be able to come back and compete at this level and get guys out … that's what I really wanted, to stay healthy and see what happens."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.