Walt Weiss signs extension with Rockies
Owner Dick Monfort had said previously the team was close to an agreement with Weiss. Both sides wanted to remain together, the only sticking point seemed to be the exact number of years that would be guaranteed. Weiss took a one year deal for 2013 as a rookie manager to prove that he could handle the job.
Weiss managed the Rockies to a 74-88 record and last place finish in the NL West in what was his first year managing at any professional level. He had played shortstop for the team in the mid-90s and, after he retired, served as a special instructor and front office advisor to the team up until 2008. He coached high school baseball in the years prior to being named manager.
The team has not released financial details of the new contract.
Reds waiting a week
The team still has not decided whether they will conduct external candidates, meaning the favorite to win the job could be someone within the organization. It also means that the rumored talks between Paul O'Neill and the Reds have at the least been informal.
Two men in the organization have been talked about as top candidates for the vacancy left by the firing of Dusty Baker. Jim Riggleman has extensive experience managing major league teams and has spent the last two years managing in the Reds' farm system. Pitching coach Bryan Price has held the position for three different teams for the past 12 seasons and could be in line for a promotion.
The Reds aren't expected to announce a new manager until after the World Series at the earliest.