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Monfort, Bridich, Weiss, Foster answer questions from social media
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Rockies fans got a rare chance to ask questions to owner Dick Monfort, new general manager Jeff Bridich, manager Walt Weiss and pitching coach Steve Foster during an hour-long question-and-answer session on social media Friday afternoon.

Each answered a handful of questions on Twitter, and Monfort emphasized that the Rockies are committed to building a winner in Denver

Rockies fans got a rare chance to ask questions to owner Dick Monfort, new general manager Jeff Bridich, manager Walt Weiss and pitching coach Steve Foster during an hour-long question-and-answer session on social media Friday afternoon.

Each answered a handful of questions on Twitter, and Monfort emphasized that the Rockies are committed to building a winner in Denver

"We want to win now! Always have, always will, every single year," he wrote on the Rockies' official account, @Rockies.

That's the task of Bridich, who was hired in November; Weiss, who just completed his second season at the helm; and Foster, who's been on the job two weeks. The Rockies, coming off a 96-loss season, have been the subject of trade rumors this offseason regarding Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez as they look to improve the club.

Bridich said last week the Rockies need quality and depth of starting pitching, which makes them open to offers. That's even if the offer is for a marquee player such as Tulowitzki, who is owed $118 million through 2020, or Gonzalez, who is receiving $53 million through '17.

When asked by Brandon Smith (@3bsmitty3) on Twitter the latest on the Tulowitzki-Gonzalez trade rumors, Bridich wrote: "Regarding Tulo, CarGo and all players on the roster, we are listening but not necessarily wanting to trade them."

The Rockies have already suffered one significant loss this offseason when Michael Cuddyer signed a two-year, $21 million deal with the Mets.

"We made true effort to keep Cuddy in purple and black but in his own words, New York was a better fit for him and his family," Bridich wrote on Twitter.

Of course, many fans are interested in the farm system. Matt Berg (@bergo23) asked which positions in the farm system are the deepest.

"Overall, our deepest position in the farm system is pitching. For position players, it would be outfield," Bridich wrote.

Foster, 48, was bullpen coach with the Marlins in 2007-09 and with the Royals in 2010-12, and he comes to the Rockies after serving as special assistant to the general manager and pitching coordinator for the Royals in 2012-14.

Foster was asked by fan Mark Auten (@mauten1) on Twitter to explain his pitching philosophy.

"Pitching aggressively to contact early allows pitchers to min. walks & high pitch counts, decreasing the chances of runs," he said.

Trying to find pitching success at Coors Field is always a challenge for any team, and Foster was asked if pitching at home in the thin air of Denver and on the road requires two different approaches.

"Good question," he wrote. "It comes down to executing pitches. Same mindset, different approach."

There was a bit of news as well. Responding to a question from a fan, Monfort said the Rockies plan to replace their current video boards at Coors Field.

"We're in the process of designing a video board like no one has ever seen in baseball," he said, without elaborating.

Some fans took the opportunity to use the chat to ask some lighter questions. Weiss was asked what piece of advice he got from former manager Tony La Russa stood out to him.

"Great question. One of the things I learned from Tony was to enjoy the competition. He's been a great mentor," wrote Weiss, who played for La Russa in Oakland.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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