The Rockies have decided to retain manager Walt Weiss for next season, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Weiss, who was a candidate to be fired, is under contract for one more season.
Colorado finished last in the NL West this season after posting a 68-94 record, leading to speculation that Weiss could be let go after only three seasons on the job. With five managers already fired (Ron Roenicke, Mike Redmond, Bud Black, Ryne Sandberg and Matt Williams) and plenty of other experienced candidates available on the market, it seemed as though the Rockies would be entering a strong managerial market if Weiss did not return.
The Rockies will instead keep Weiss as they head into Jeff Bridich's second offseason at the helm, with a potential trade of Carlos Gonzalez and an aggressive look at pitching options likely on the horizon. Colorado started its reboot by trading Troy Tulowitzki in late July, and may look to continue the process by dealing Gonzalez or Jose Reyes.
In three seasons under Weiss, the Rockies have never finished higher than fourth place in their division and have compiled a 208-278 record. Weiss, a UNC alum, worked as the head coach at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado before taking over the Rockies.