Cubs GM dismisses talk of releasing Soriano

Amid rumors that the Cubs could release struggling outfielder Alfonso Soriano, general manager Jim Hendry told MLB Network radio that such a move never has been considered.

"Never been a thought to it. No. Those things are speculated by probably people in your profession, not ours," Hendry said.

Soriano batted .258/.281/.452 in his first 10 games this season, with a home run and two RBIs. Injuries have limited him to 109 and 117 games the previous two seasons. He is in the fourth year of an eight-year, $136 million contract. He is due $18 million a year though 2014.

Amid rumors that the Cubs could release struggling outfielder Alfonso Soriano, general manager Jim Hendry told MLB Network radio that such a move never has been considered.

"Never been a thought to it. No. Those things are speculated by probably people in your profession, not ours," Hendry said.

Soriano batted .258/.281/.452 in his first 10 games this season, with a home run and two RBIs. Injuries have limited him to 109 and 117 games the previous two seasons. He is in the fourth year of an eight-year, $136 million contract. He is due $18 million a year though 2014.

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