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Rangers in contract talks with Colby Lewis

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he’s held preliminary talks with Alan Nero, the agent for right-handed starter Colby Lewis, about a new contract.

Lewis led the team in innings (170.1) and starts (29) and tied with Yu Darvish for victories (10) in 2014. He signed a minor league contract with the Rangers for 2014 after an invasive hip surgery caused him miss to the entire 2013 season.

Lewis’ finish could garner him votes for AL Comeback Player of the Year, something interim manager Tim Bogar said he should get.

Daniels said he exchanged text messages with Nero on Sunday and talks could increase this week.

Right fielder Alex Rios ended the season hitting just .224 in his last 66 games, dropping his batting average to .280. He missed the final 22 games recovering from an infection in his right thumb.

The club has a $13.5 million option on Rios and he can be brought out for $1 million.

Rios, who had a career-high eight triples, said he would like to return.

“Yeah, that would be nice,” Rios said. “It’s not for me to decide.”

The Rangers have two free-agent pitchers, Scott Baker and Neal Cotts, who could be offered contracts as well.