Big deals are being made in San Diego this week, but so far the Rockies have been holding their cards close. Manager Walt Weiss met again with the media on Tuesday to give a bit of insight on the plan for the team in 2015.
In this video from the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders, Weiss speaks briefly on the state of Colorado's starting pitching. With the rotation as it is now (and without considering any additions), Weiss claims that the organization needs its younger pitchers to "take the next step." This is a concept that comes as no shock to a ballclub eagerly awaiting the maturation of some of its highest-ranked prospects, including Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson.
When asked about the decision to keep the roster fairly intact, Weiss expressed confidence in his lineup:
#Rockies Weiss on decision to NOT blow up team: "Didn't want to go that rebuilding route, because there's enough talent (cont.)— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) December 10, 2014
#Rockies Weiss (cont.) ... "Enough talent on our club, that if we can keep in tack and keep it on the field, we are in good position."— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) December 10, 2014
Though the sentiment did come with a warning:
"We've got to turn it around. Reality is ... doesn't happen this year, probably looking at going a different way." #Rockies Weiss— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) December 10, 2014
There is also a new trade rumor circling the Rockies, this time concerning shortstop/second baseman Josh Rutledge. Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports that the Angels have their sights on Rutledge and consider him one of their "top targets."