Extending Jorge De La Rosa and Walt Weiss is Good for Colorado Rockies
Rumors are swirling that the Colorado Rockies are working on a multi-year deal to make Walt Weiss their manager for the next several seasons. That is good news but coupled with the news regarding starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, the Rockies fans should feel good about their team’s ownership. De La Rosa had a very successful season and the Rockies are smart enough to notice that and latch onto the guy. Also, the same is true of Weiss.
This basically means that the Rockies’ suits are interested in what makes the team better, not just the bottom line. Weiss led the team to a winning record through a great deal of the first half of the season before injuries drastically took the offense down. Obviously if the offense is built to stick the entire season, Weiss proved he can motivate the team to do well. This is a team that beat the crud out of the Boston Red Sox late in the season after all. They are plenty capable.
De La Rosa not only had his extension picked up by the team but they are also reportedly working on a long term deal as well this winter. They know that finding a pitcher that is successful for their team has proved a rarity and they plan to throw the pocketbook at this guy because he proved he can do the job.
They should use this as a template for how they search for the rest of their starting staff this season. There are no guarantees because the guys in the office can’t play the game for their players but these fellows are at least proving that they do want to win. In the current MLB landscape that makes a ton of difference.