The Colorado Rockies put together their second big trade within a week, agreeing yesterday to a tentative deal that would send Larry Walker to Arizona for Matt Williams and three other players
Arizona also would send first baseman Erubiel Durazo, outfielder David Dellucci and reliever Bret Prinz to Colorado for the 1997 National League MVP.
Walker and Williams, both five-time all-stars, must waive no-trade clauses for the deal to be completed. Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo said the teams were granted a 72-hour window to finalize the swap.
On Monday, the Rockies began their transformation, completing a deal that sent left-hander Mike Hampton, outfielder Juan Pierre and $6.5 million to Florida for catcher Charles Johnson, outfielder Preston Wilson, left-hander Vic Darensbourg and second baseman Pablo Ozuna. The Marlins then dealt Hampton and $30 million to Atlanta for right-handers Tim Spooneybarger and Ryan Baker.
In the Hampton deal, Colorado rid itself of $72 million in Hampton's salary over the next six seasons but took on $54 million it must pay to Wilson and Johnson over the next three years.
Walker, who turns 36 on Dec. 1, and Williams, who turns 37 on Nov. 28, have been sidelined by injuries in recent years. . . .
Frank Robinson agreed to a second one-year contract to manage the Montreal Expos. When he took over the team last February, Robinson said it would be for just one year. He had such a good time, the Expos could turn into a long-term gig.
"I can see myself going past the '03 season," he said. . . .
Left-handed reliever Jesse Orosco, who turns 46 on April 21, agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the San Diego Padres, who added him to their 40-man roster.
Panther in Trouble
A judge ordered Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Chris Terry arrested after he failed to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his wife. Defense attorney Chris Fialko told Judge Resa Harris he had scheduled to meet Terry at the courthouse before the hearing and didn't understand why the player hadn't shown up. . . .
Hall of Fame baseball player Kirby Puckett, who is charged with criminal sexual conduct, will go on trial Feb. 24, a Hennepin County (Minn.) judge decided. The former Twins outfielder, who appeared in court for a brief hearing, is accused of groping a woman at a restaurant in September.
U.S. Women Face Japan
The U.S. women's national team will open its 2003 schedule against Japan on Jan. 12 in San Diego in preparation for the Women's World Cup in China. The Americans then will travel to China for a late-January tournament. The Women's World Cup is in the fall of 2003. . . . France became the eighth team to reach the 16-team Women's World Cup with a 1-0 victory over England on Sunday.
All-Stars in New York
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Val Ackerman, president of the WNBA, announced the 2003 WNBA All-Star Game will be played at Madison Square Garden on July 12 and will be televised by ABC.
Wang Sets 3 Records
China's Wang Mingjuan set three world records in the women's 106-pound category at the world championships in Warsaw. Wang, 17, lifted 204 pounds in the snatch, 255 in the clean and jerk and a total of 4571/2 to win the gold medal.
Ben Plucknett, one of the great American discus throwers who twice set the world record in 1981, died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Sikeston, Mo. He was 48.