— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on March 14 at 9:12AM

Soler.jpg The Alay Soler era ended quietly yesterday.

The Mets released the Cuban defector and one-time candidate for the 5th spot in the starting rotation. Soler had been ineffective this spring, with an 8.22 ERA.

Soler had a great debut last May, winning his first start after being promoted up from Double A to help an injured staff.  His second start was also the debut of Lastings Milledge...and the start of Soler's slide into mediocrity.

After a few more poor starts, Soler was demoted and never got back on track.

Clearly, the Mets are feeling good about Pelfrey's chances to make the rotation this year. And Humber finally provided a strong outing in yesterday's 6-5 win over the Indians. That should boostHumber's confidence, if not his chances for an opening day spot.

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