DENVER -- Rockies infielder Jordan Pacheco led National League rookies with a .309 batting average in 2012, but insists he is just "trying to make the team" in 2013. However, he does hold the cards over his new manager, Walt Weiss, in one respect.
Weiss, hired Wednesday night, wore No. 22 when he played for the Rockies from 1994-97 and for the majority of his 14-year playing career. Pacheco, who played third base, first base and had some occasions at catcher last season, has the number.
"I'm going to negotiate with Jordan, and I hope he doesn't drive too hard a bargain," Weiss said with a chuckle Thursday morning.
Pacheco took time out from working out in his offseason home of Albuquerque, N.M., to have fun with his negotiating position.
"Yeah, I knew that was his number," Pacheco said. "I could use a new house. ... We will see what happens. That number has been good to me.
"I'm pretty sure we can work something out."
Weiss worked for the Rockies as a special assistant to general manager Dan O'Dowd from 2002 to 2008, and when he was on the field for pregame workouts with the Major League club, he usually wore No. 77. Of course, he wasn't in the same negotiating position that he's in now.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.