DENVER -- A wide-ranging discussion about the Rockies' future between manager Jim Tracy and senior vice president of Major League operations Bill Geivett began on Friday, but will continue, a club official told MLB.com. Tracy has a contract guaranteed through next season; however, the Rockies are tackling many decisions about the club's direction -- including whether Tracy will be in the dugout. Tracy has said he wants to return and Geivett has said he doesn't anticipate a change, but nothing was expected to be set in stone until the discussion was completed. The Rockies went through major changes during the 2012 season.
They saw longtime pitching coach Bob Apodaca resign to be replaced by co-pitching coaches Bo McLaughlin and Jim Wright. There was an experiment with a four-man rotation that has been scrapped, although the concept of hybrid relievers and a tighter-than-normal pitch count will live. General manager Dan O'Dowd relinquished day-to-day Major League duties to Geivett, who moved into an office in the Coors Field clubhouse and was with the team for every road trip. Changes are expected to continue. Tracy and Geivett are expected to talk about the coaching staff -- not only whether and which coaches will return, but the structure of the staff as well. The team is expected to talk with longtime Major League pitching coach Mark Wiley, who has worked for the club on two past occasions, about a newly created pitching position where he would oversee the scouting and development of pitchers from the Draft to the Majors. With so much change, so the deep discussion about how the team will operate in the future was necessary.
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