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Colby Lewis | Starting Pitcher | #48

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 8/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Bakersfield (CA) JC
Drafted: 1999 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / TEX

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The Rangers have officially named Colby Lewis as special assistant to the general manager.
This confirms what was reported last week. Lewis hasn't officially announced his retirement, but he turned 38 in August and didn't pitch in the majors this season. He's expected to work with young pitchers in his new role with the team. Mon, Nov 6, 2017 03:26:00 PM

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Date:'s TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers are working to hire Colby Lewis as a special assistant.

Lewis never officially announced his retirement, but he's 38 now and didn't pitch anywhere in 2017 so it's safe to assume he's done. The 11-year major league veteran would help with the Rangers' pitching staff in his new post.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 05:11:00 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram hears that the Rangers are considering Colby Lewis following the injury to Andrew Cashner (biceps).

Wilson says of the Rangers and Lewis that the righty has "entered their thinking," but the club is not sure where Lewis is from a training standpoint. Lewis re-signed with the Rangers last January and had a nice season, posting a 3.71 ERA over 19 outings. He's now 37 but wouldn't be a bad fill-in option and likely could be had cheaply.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 02:35:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are not pursuing Colby Lewis.

Beradino had reported earlier on Wednesday that the Twins were one team circling free agent right-hander Lewis, but it appears that is not the case. Just as to where the 37-year-old might land remains unclear. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated at the beginning of January that it was unlikely that Lewis would be returning to Arlington for the 2017 season. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported in late December that the Pirates were kicking the tires on signing the free agent, but there has been no real smoke in the intervening days. Lewis held a 3.71 ERA and turned in a 73/28 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 frames this past season.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 04:17:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are in the mix for free agent right-hander Colby Lewis.

Lewis' market has been rather quiet this winter and it's been increasingly obvious that he's not returning to Texas. The 37-year-old would give the Twins an experienced arm for the back-end of their rotation. He's coming off a 3.71 ERA and 73/28 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings last season.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 03:21:00 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels admitted Thursday that it is unlikely Colby Lewis will return to Texas in 2017.

Daniels did say the Rangers are on the search for starting pitching, but they have apparently already moved on from the 37-year-old Lewis. He posted a 3.71 ERA, 1.126 WHIP, and 73/28 K/BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings last season, missing nearly three months with a severe lat strain. There's thought to be mild interest from the Padres. Otherwise it's been a very quiet winter for the veteran righty.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017 12:52:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes the Padres have considered signing Colby Lewis to bolster their starting rotation.

The Padres have also been linked to Jered Weaver and Jake Peavy. They are clearly looking for some veteran leadership to mentor their young, unproven rotation. Lewis could benefit from a move to pitcher-friendly Petco Park after toiling in Texas' hitter-friendly stadium since 2010.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 07:22:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that the club hasn't ruled out a reunion with Colby Lewis.

T.R. Sullivan of wrote last week that a reunion is "making more sense" for the two sides and Daniels confirmed Tuesday that they have talked and the door is open on the possibility. The Rangers have already added right-hander Andrew Cashner this winter, but more back-end depth for the rotation isn't a bad idea. The 37-year-old Lewis is coming off a 3.71 ERA and 73/28 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings in 2016.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 03:32:00 PM

According to's T.R. Sullivan, a reunion between free agent starter Colby Lewis and the Rangers is "making more sense" for club officials.

That comes after an exploration of the starting pitching market, which is as dry as it's been in years. Lewis, 37, posted a respectable 3.71 ERA, 1.126 WHIP, and 73/28 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 innings (19 starts) this past season with Texas.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 05:48:00 PM

Colby Lewis became the third straight Rangers starter to struggle against the Blue Jays in the ALDS, allowing five runs on five hits over two-plus innings in a no-decision on Sunday.

Lewis struck out two and didn't walk a batter in the brief outing. The Jays jumped on him early, with a two-run blast by Edwin Encarnacion and solo shot by Russell Martin in the opening inning. They'd tack on another pair in the third to chase the veteran right-hander from the ballgame. The Rangers starting pitchers registered a putrid 13.94 ERA over 10 1/3 innings in the postseason. That simply isn't going to get the job done.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 11:03:00 PM

The Rangers will start Colby Lewis in Sunday's ALDS Game 3 versus the Blue Jays.

He'll be opposed by Aaron Sanchez. Lewis has been limited to just 19 starts this season due to injury, but he's had a nice year with a 3.71 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. The veteran right-hander also fared well in two outings against the Blue Jays this season, allowing five runs with a 13/1 K/BB ratio over 14 innings.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 11:05:00 AM

Colby Lewis gave up four runs -- all unearned -- over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

He gave up five hits and one walk while fanning three in the ballgame. All four runs came in the third inning following a Rougned Odor error. The big blow was a three-run jack by Corey Dickerson. Lewis will finish the regular season with a 6-5 record and 3.71 ERA despite a miniscule strikeout rate. He struck out 73 and walked 28 in his 116 1/3 innings this year.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:20:00 PM

Colby Lewis was annihilated in Sunday's loss to the Athletics, surrendering seven runs on seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings.

The right-hander also walked one in the abbreviated outing. All of the damage came after working a scoreless first inning, with the final dagger coming on a two-run blast off the bat of Ryon Healy. The Rangers had hoped to get Lewis right down the stretch in preparation to use him in the playoff rotation, but he has been a disaster since his return from the disabled list. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Saturday against the Rays.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 06:39:00 PM

Colby Lewis allowed three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Athletics.

Lewis gave up a solo homer to Khris Davis in the top of the fourth inning and then completely lost his command in Oakland's two-run sixth. He surrendered only three total hits but issued five walks.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 06:40:00 PM

Rangers activated RHP Colby Lewis from the 60-day disabled list.

Lewis will rejoin the rotation on Sunday versus the Angels after missing nearly three months with a strained right lat. Fantasy owners should probably hold off on activating him for now if possible.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 12:36:00 PM

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C1Robinson Chirinos
2Juan Centeno
1B1Joey Gallo
2Ronald Guzman
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Renato Nunez
LF1Drew Robinson
CF1Delino DeShields
2Carlos Tocci
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Mike Minor
3Martin Perez
4Matt Moore
5Doug Fister
6Bartolo Colon
7Clayton Blackburn
8Joe Palumbo
Relief Pitcher
R1Keone Kela
2Kevin Jepsen
3Alex Claudio
4Jake Diekman
5Matt Bush
6Tim Lincecum
7Chris Martin
8Jesse Chavez
9Tony Barnette
10Ricardo Rodriguez
11Ronald Herrera
12Jose Leclerc