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The Orioles have not had serious talks with Alfonso Soriano

Alfonso Soriano

Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano waits for first base coach Bob Dernier after hitting a two-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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We heard last week that the Orioles were interested in Alfonso Soriano. Turns out that there isn’t much to that because, as Jon Paul Morosi reports, there have been no real substantive talks between the clubs.

The reason: Soriano has a no-trade clause (both in his contract and now an automatic one due to him being a 10/5 guy) and he’s not going to waive it except to go to a contender. Maybe that’s chutzpah on his part, but it is his right.

Anyway, as we mentioned yesterday, the O’s seem to have moved on, what with their reported interest in Johnny Damon, who would basically serve the same purpose as Soriano: DH and occasional substandard left field duty while reminding people that, man, aging is hard.