Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez aren't going anywhere this winter. Rockies owner Dick Monfort said Wednesday he does not intend to trade either all-star. "The plan is to keep them. Next year yes. And my plan is to always keep them" Monfort said. "Is that the smartest thing in the world to do? I don't know. But for our fans I think it's the best thing to do." In a wide-ranging interview at Coors Field Monfort addressed the team's front-office structure a planned player payroll increase to between $90 million and $95 million next year and his desire to add a starting pitcher and big bat to a team that has had three straight losing seasons. Despite consecutive last-place finishes Monfort said he will not alter the structure that has assistant general manager Bill Geivett in charge of day-to-day major-league operations and reporting to Dan O'Dowd who is in charge of the Rockies' player development but is also the boss of the front office. "I really don't think either one has done a poor job" Monfort said. The owner talked specifically about the Rockies' finances and said he expects the player payroll to expand by about $9 million for 2014 from the estimated $83.7 million this past season. Monfort hopes that will enable the Rockies to bring in a middle-of-the-rotation starting pitcher as well as a power-hitting outfielder who possibly could play first base too. He disagreed with those who contend he doesn't have a passion to bring winning baseball to Colorado. "I want to win at everything even checkers" Monfort said adding that a realistic goal is getting the Rockies into the playoffs "a couple of times every five years." The immediate plan to get the Rockies out of the National League West basement and into the postseason revolves around Tulowitzki their all-star shortstop and Gonzalez their all-star left fielder. "I love those two guys" Monfort said. "And if they ever get on a tear ... In Tampa Bay every once in a while Evan Longoria just carries them and we have two guys who can carry a team." Monfort said Geivett will continue to operate the day-to-day business of the major-league team while O'Dowd will oversee the minor-league operations and player development. He doesn't believe the unusual front-office setup creates confusion for teams trying to make deals with the Rockies. "It's not that we have two GMs it's that they just switched roles" Monfort said. "I think most teams have someone who is focused just on the major-league team. I think there is no normal GM role it changes for every team."
Rockies owner Monfort says all-stars Tulowitzki, Gonzalez are staying put
Denver Post | Oct 10