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.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.