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Outfielder not asking for trade, but would consider

DENVER -- Colorado outfielder Larry Walker said he would be
interested in playing for a contender, though he is not asking for
a trade from the lowly Rockies.

"Anybody would want to play for a contender, and in a perfect
world that contender would be the Rockies," Walker said Wednesday.
"I signed a contract to play here and until they kick me out the
door, I'm here."

Walker, who balked at a trade to Arizona before last season, is
signed through next season with a base salary of $12.5 million and
a $1 million buyout on an option for 2006. His salary this year is
$12.5 million.

A career .315 hitter, Walker is one of just 12 players in NL
history with at least three batting titles. He is a five-time
All-Star, a seven-time Gold Glove winner and Colorado's all-time
leader in 12 categories, including homers, RBIs and games.

Walker's best season came in 1997, when he was named NL MVP
after his .366 average, 49 homers and 130 RBIs left him just short
of becoming the NL's first triple crown winner in 60 years.

Last week, he became the 234th player in major league history to
reach 2,000 hits. It took Walker 16 years to do it because of
injuries; he was on the disabled list this year until June 22.

With the Rockies struggling again -- they have made the playoffs
just once in their history and are already a dozen games back in
the NL West -- Walker is answering questions about a possible trade.

He said no to the Arizona deal because the Diamondbacks wanted
him to agree to defer half of his remaining guaranteed money.