The Rangers signed Colby Lewis to a contract extension

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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.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.