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Robinson retreated to the dugout step, looked inside and put his hand on his hip, clearly frustrated.

“I’ve never had it happen before myself,” Robinson said after the game. “I don’t feel betrayed, though. That’s his decision.”

Bowden confirmed he would trade Soriano if the right offer was presented to him. To date, the GM has not been satisfied with any offer, and he expressed doubts last night that a deal could be reached within the next few days.

“We obviously will field offers, but we’re not going to give the player away,” Bowden said. “If we can make a deal that makes sense, we would have. … We’ve not had a trade proposal that we thought was worth considering to this point.”

Soriano’s teammates publicly spoke diplomatically about the situation. Privately, though, several expressed feelings of anger and abandonment by a player who even Robinson admitted has created a major distraction in a camp already filled with enough problems.

“I just hope they can fix that situation,” right fielder Jose Guillen said. “I think everybody’s a grown-enough man here. I just hope for the best for the team and those guys can fix the situation. Let’s let Jim and Soriano and his agent fix the situation.”

A SORIANO SUBJECT

Dec. 7, 2005

Washington trades outfielders Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge and minor league pitcher Armando Galarraga to Texas for Alfonso Soriano.

Dec. 8

Soriano, a free agent after the season, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he will not move from second base.

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