Walt Weiss to return as Rockies manager in 2016 - Purple Row
Don't act like you forgot about Walt.
At any rate, it appears the Rockies don't believe Weiss deserves much of the blame for what has transpired over the last three seasons, even though the team has lost 88, 96 and 94 games, respectively. To some degree, they're right; in two of those three seasons (2013, 2015), Weiss wasn't given the tools necessary to succeed, and in the other (2014), injuries wrecked what little chance the team had anyway.
But what Colorado really should be asking itself has little to do with improving upon the major league team's win-loss record in 2016 and everything to do with whether Weiss is the right person to guide the team through what really, really needs to be a rebuilding year. I fear that they didn't ask themselves that, and that's why Weiss has been retained.
Worse, perhaps the team isn't considering resetting this thing from the ground up, and that's a real problem at this point.
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We've talked at length about Weiss' shortcomings, particularly with overaggressiveness on the basepaths, relying on bunting too much, and improper use of his bench and bullpen.
But one thing Weiss has proven to be really good at -- at least, in 2015 -- is knowing the right time and place to use replay challenges. Weiss rated fifth among all MLB managers at utilizing reviews, writes Owen Watson. Three of the four skippers ahead of Weiss are managing in the postseason.
"Are we going to look for pitching on the free-agent market? Yeah," he said last week. "Are we going to make a play on what you would consider 'front-line guys?' I don't know yet, to be honest with you."
Bridich expects righty Chad Bettis to build on his dramatic leap of 2014, righties Tyler Chatwood and Jordan Lyles to return from injury and lefty veteran Jorge De La Rosa to continue his quality. They want improvement from prospects led by righty Jon Gray. But what about spending on free agents?
"We haven't seen any of the market play out yet, or even begin to, so it's a tough question to answer," he said.
Bridich called improvement through trades "a realistic option."
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