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Walker likely headed to D'backs

The Rockies put together their second big trade within a week, agreeing Tuesday to a tentative deal that would send Larry Walker to Arizona for Matt Williams and three others.

Arizona 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.

Colangelo said he spoke with Williams in the morning and planned to speak with Walker on Tuesday night.

ROBINSON RETURNS: Frank Robinson not only is returning to manage the Expos for another season, he thinks they can make the playoffs for the first time since 1981.

"I think we should be serious contenders for the Eastern Division," the Hall of Famer said after agreeing to a second one-year contract to manage a team still unsure of its budget and home.

The Expos hired former All-Star Joey Cora to manage Class A Savannah.