A few minutes ago the Texas Rangers announced that they signed Colby Lewis to a one-year extension. It has a $2 million base salary with incentives that could make it up to $6 million. He made $3.25 million in 2012.
Sounds like a win-win, inasmuch as Lewis was facing free agency apocalypse, what with his 2012 season ending with an elbow injury back in July. Having a one-year deal with a team likely to give him a starting job next year will help him set up for another crack at the market in 2014. Meanwhile, the Rangers get a quality starter back without having to take a long-term gamble and not having to pay much more than they did this year.
Lewis was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 105 innings in 16 starts before shutting it down.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.