Colby Lewis was unable to work out a deal with the Rangers before hitting the open market as a free agent despite wanting to remain in Texas, but now the two sides are apparently close to an agreement.
“I think we’ll try to finalize it this week, that’s my goal,” general manager Jon Daniels told Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas. “I expect he’ll be back.”
After missing all of 2013 with multiple injuries Lewis returned to make 29 starts and throw 170 innings, but he wasn’t much good with a 5.18 ERA and .304 opponents’ batting average.
Lewis, who turned 35 years old in August, has spent seven of his nine MLB seasons with the Rangers.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.