After several amicable discussions over the last week, the Rockies agreed to a new three-year contract with manager Walt Weiss on Tuesday.
The Rockies went 74-88 in Weiss' first season, a disappointment, but a 10-game improvement from 2012.
"He trusted us and that's really important for any player," said pitcher Jorge De La Rosa when told of Weiss' extension on Tuesday.
Owner Dick Monfort told The Denver Post last week that Weiss would get a multiyear contract. Weiss had a one-year contract in his first season as a big-league manager.
Monfort said he was pleased with Weiss' first season, saying he deserved some of the credit for the team's improvement. The players responded to Weiss beginning in spring training, they said.
"Walt is an easy guy to relate to since he played and was such a grinder when he did play," reliever Adam Ottavino said Tuesday. "The season is such a battle and he has been through it. That really helped our mind-set. We will be ready to battle every day with him in charge."
Weiss was lured from his job as Regis Jesuit High School's head baseball coach last November to take over for Jim Tracy, who walked away from the $1.4 million on the final year of his contract. Weiss was helping the Rockies' search committee when he became a candidate. He agreed to the unusual one-year deal, saying he was comfortable proving himself and wanted to see how his family adjusted to the jarring change in his schedule.
"There's an expectation around here now, I can sense. Guys are expected to compete at a certain way and at a certain level. That's starting to become the standard," Weiss said near season's end. "I have really enjoyed the way the guys have fought down the stretch, especially as the season got away from us and we weren't in the race. Usually the true colors show then."
The Rockies were surprising at the all-star break, 4 1/2 games behind the National League West-leading Dodges. They stumbled after the all-star break and fell out of contention. The season reached a breaking point on Aug. 9, following a 1-9 road trip through Atlanta, Pittsburgh and New York. Upset with his team's style of play, Weiss called his only team meeting prior to facing Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano. The Rockies finished 22-24 over their final 46 games, not the work of a contender, but a dramatic upgrade from their previous finishes the past two seasons.
"In that team meeting he had he sensed that we weren't playing hard, that we were giving up. He made it clear that wasn't happening under his watch. And we needed that," said all-star Michael Cuddyer. "How can you not respect a guy who has been to 13 postseasons and won the World Series? He commands respect and deserves it. I am happy for him."