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The New York Mets released right-hander Alay Soler before their exhibition game Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.
Soler defected from Cuba in November 2003 and signed a three-year contract for $2.8 million with the Mets in August 2004.
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.