ESPN's Rob Neyer wrote yesterday and David Kaplan on 1460 KXNO both stated on Thursday that there is a 50/50 chance Alfonso Soriano is released before the end of his contract in 2014. David Kaplan went a little further and said he would not be surprised if Soriano is released this Season, because they have Fukudome and Colvin who are producing with the bat.
But according to Hendry, he said that there "Never has been a thought to it" and blames the media for the rumor. Jim Hendry will not make a mistake twice in the same season. Late last year and early this year Jim Hendry made it known he "needed" to trade Milton Bradley. There is no way he is going to say, "yes we actually considered releasing Soriano because we cannot trade him." How silly and dumb would that be for Hendry say. While I believe that Neyer could be onto something about releasing Soriano before his contract ends, I do not believe it will be this year.
Whether you agree or not Cub fans, Soriano does have trade value. According to my sources, and I stated this on Tuesday, the Cubs are looking to move Soriano and they do have suitors. The Tigers, Yankees, and Blue Jays are rumored to have some sort of interest but a three new teams have emerged. The Nationals, Mariners, and Braves have now shown some interest in Sori, it is not know how much of the salary the Cubs would have to pay with these teams or who they would receive in return but the Cubs are looking for bullpen help so that could be the Cubs target.
I will let you know more on this as it becomes available.