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.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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