Soler, competing for starting spot, released by Mets
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Soler defected from Cuba in November 2003 and signed a three-year contract for $2.8 million with the Mets in August 2004. He had a one-year contract for 2007 that would have paid him $826,675 in the majors and $620,000 in the minors and will receive 30 days termination pay: $101,639.
Soler received a standing ovation at Shea Stadium after pitching six innings in his big league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies last May 24, allowing two runs and five hits.
He earned his first win June 5 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, then pitched a two-hit shutout at Arizona against the Diamondbacks on June 10.
Soler was hit hard in subsequent starts and finished 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA before being sent back to the minors in July.
Soler came to camp in competition for the fifth spot in the Mets' starting rotation this spring, but was unimpressive. He yielded two runs in a 9-6 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday, raising his ERA to 8.22.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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