Rockies manager Walt Weiss has the additional security he wanted. He now faces the challenge of producing more victories for a Rockies team that finished in last place in his first season.
Weiss received a strong endorsement from owner Dick Monfort, who awarded him a three-year extension for around $2 million. Team officials would not release contract details.
The Rockies went 74-88 last year, a disappointment, but a 10-game upgrade from 2012. Weiss worked under a one-year deal last season, his first as a manager.
"It comes down to stability for our club from the players' perspective. That the manager is going to be around. There's something to be said for that," Weiss said. "I think (ownership) felt the same way. We are trying to build something here, and we wanted some stability."
Weiss said his coaching staff will return, leaving only the hitting instructor's job to fill. The Rockies are leaning toward using two coaches for the role, following a trend in Major League Baseball. Weiss did not address options to replace Dante Bichette, who exited after one season to be closer to his family. Double-A manager Kevin Riggs is considered a leading internal candidate.
Weiss identified key points for the Rockies moving forward, including having a more balanced offense on the road. The Rockies won just 29 road games, fourth-worst in the big leagues.
"A lot of it comes down to a a certain mentality and certain approach. One adjustment we have to make that maybe other teams don't is how the ball reacts on the road and how different the confidence from the opposing pitcher is on the road compared to our place," Weiss said. "We have to get better situational at-bats on the road. It's going to be hard, but it's something we feel we can prevail at."
Weiss said he will allow his starting pitchers deeper pitch counts. Rockies pitchers last season rarely exceeded 100 pitches.
Monfort told The Denver Post last week that Weiss would receive a multiyear contract this week, saying Weiss deserved some of the credit for the improvement. The players responded to Weiss beginning in spring training, they said.
"Walt is an easy guy to relate to since he played and was such a grinder when he did play," reliever Adam Ottavino said Tuesday. "The season is such a battle, and he has been through it. We will be ready to battle every day with him in charge."
Weiss, then the coach at Regis Jesuit High School, took over for Jim Tracy, who walked away from the $1.4 million on the final year of his contract. Weiss' lack of experience was never an issue in the clubhouse.
"He trusted us, and that's really important for any player," pitcher Jorge De La Rosa said Tuesday.