Rockies Notes: 11/6

The Colorado Rockies have completed interviews for the open manager position as the brass interviewed Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams on Monday. Williams was the last of four candidates to interview. That group also includes veteran Jason Giambi, former Rockies shortstop Walt Weiss, and bench coach Tom Runnells. 

Former Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned on October 7th and almost a month later the Rockies still don't have a manager. The Toronto Blue Jays are the only other team in baseball still without a manager. With the general managers meetings coming up on Wednesday and Thursday it's safe to assume that a decision on the manager from either team is far from imminent. 

Still, the Rockies managerial situation is a little more clear than that of the Blue Jays. The Rockies have narrowed their field of candidates down to four and completed all interviews. The Jays, to my knowledge, haven't done either of those things. 

What both teams have done, though, is waste valuable off-season time in neutral. The general managers meetings isn't just like the winter meetings, where you can expect a lot of action in terms of free agents signing on the dotted line, but it is a time where teams start to implement the direction of the team. This isn't something you necessarily want to do without a manager in place because it's putting the cart before the horse in a sense. 

Anyway, don't expect to hear the Rockies name next year's field general before Friday at the absolute earliest. Now, we move on to the notes:

-Just updating a previous news item that I missed: Carlos Gonzalez won another gold glove award, his second in the last three years. It's a fine accomplishment, albeit an undeserved one. Gonzalez rated poorly in advanced defensive metrics across the board: -8.5 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating), -13 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved), -1.9 dWAR (Defensive Wins Above Replacement). (Stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference). He hardly passed the eye test either as it's difficult to find someone who watched the Rockies on any kind of consistent basis and thought he was the best defensive left fielder in the National League. It's important to take the gold glove awards with a grain of salt as Michael Bourn, widely considered the best defensive outfielder in the league, was shutout of the awards. 

-Rockies outfield prospect Corey Dickerson participated in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game on Saturday. Dickerson started the game in right field and finished 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. Dickerson is hitting .273/.283/.386 overall in 44 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League, a far cry from the success Nolan Arenado had there last year. Still just 23-years-old and finishing up his second full professional season, Dickerson has proven that the power in his bat is real slugging .500 at every level so far. What Dickerson needs to work on most is his approach at the plate where he tends to strikeout often. He's had at least 93 strikeouts in each of his two full seasons in the pros. This is a problem that potentially could limit his value if he's unable to get on base at a decent clip at the higher levels.

-The Rockies lost pitchers Josh Roenicke (Twins), Zach Putnam (Cubs) and Guillermo Moscoso (Royals) to waivers. The club also lost infielder Tommy Field to the Twins on waivers. The only one of these players that had a real and useful role on the 2012 club was Roenicke, who in his quotes to the Denver Post sounded downright befuddled upon learning the news. Roenicke threw 88.2 innings of 3.25 ERA in 2012 despite some ugly peripheral numbers (54 strikeouts, 43 walks). His FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) was 4.72, which suggests he was nothing special. His tERA (True ERA, a defense-independent ERA estimator) was 6.19, which suggests he won't be missed at all. Even if that is the case, the Rockies come off looking cheap and petty after merely offering Roenicke a split contract and attempting to pass him through waivers. 

-The Cleveland Indians traded former Rockies right-handed reliever Esmil Rogers to the Blue Jays for infielder Mike Aviles. The Rockies, of course, got nothing in return for cutting bait on Rogers back in May. Rogers, of course, found control for the first time in his career in Cleveland as he issued just 10 unintentional walks while striking out 54 in 53 innings for the Indians. 

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