No big surprise, but the Texas Rangers are expected to exercise their 2012 team option on Colby Lewis before tonight's midnight (Eastern time) deadline for exercising or declining options.
The Rangers have a choice of exercising his option and paying him $3.25 million for 2012, or declining his option, paying him a $250,000 buyout, and allowing him to become a free agent.
Lewis wasn't the dominant Colbyashi of 2010, as he spent much of the season dealing with a hip injury, but he still was solid, and was the Rangers' best starting pitcher in the postseason.
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Exercising the option is pretty much a no-brainer for Texas. Even if the Rangers were to sign Yu Darvish and bring C.J. Wilson back and thus decide they didn't need Colby, they could trade him and get value back, given his contract.