The two sides couldn’t agree to terms in time to avoid free agency, despite mutual interest between both sides. Rangers G.M. Jon Daniels said on Tuesday that he believed the two sides could work out a deal by the end of the week.
After an injury plagued 2013 season, Lewis started 29 games over 170 innings pitched for the Rangers this year, albeit being ineffective for the majority of the season.
He finished the season with a 5.18 era, an A.L. leading 14 losses, and opponents hit .304 against him. His 133/48 K/BB ratio suggests he can still be effective moving forward.
The Rangers hope that he can return to his 2012 form in which he finished with a 3.43 era over 105.1 innings pitched.