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Feb. 10

Soriano loses his arbitration case, but his $10 million salary is still the largest ever awarded.

Feb. 23

Soriano is introduced at a press conference. He refuses to discuss the position dilemma.

Feb. 28

Manager Frank Robinson says Soriano will not play in the team’s two exhibition games before leaving to play for the Dominican Republic in the WBC.

March 18

Soriano, pinch hitting after being benched for the Dominican Republic’s final three games in the WBC, strikes out to end a 3-1 loss to Cuba in the semifinals. Soriano goes 0-for-12 in the tournament.[NOTE]cq[NOTE]

March 20

Soriano returns to Nationals camp. He is penciled into the lineup in left field but refuses to play.

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