As reported by Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are fully expected to exercise right-hander Colby Lewis’ $3.25 million club option for 2012 by Monday’s midnight deadline.
Lewis has topped 200 innings in back-to-back seasons, registering a 3.72 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 2010 and a 4.40 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 2011.
If the 32-year-old’s numbers remain as productive in 2012, he’ll be a major bargain at $3.25 million.
Lewis reinvented himself in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league in 2008 and 2009 after fizzling out as a long reliever in the major leagues. He returned to the states in 2010 as a solid mid-rotation starter and could capitalize in free agency next winter if his 2012 season goes smoothly. The righty has a 2.34 ERA in eight career postseason outings.
Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.
Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.
Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.
The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.