When asked about Alay Soler, Willie Randolph said: “He didn’t fit,” but wouldn’t elaborate.
First of all, he didn’t pitch well and wasn’t going to make the team. Second, and this is no surprise, it was a money thing. Soler had a split contract, to be paid by a different pay scale for days on the minor league roster and days on the major league roster.
By being released outside of 15 days before Opening Day, Soler was paid about $100,000 as compensation, which is 30-days severance pay on his minor league contract. Had the Mets waited, they would have had to pay 45 days severance on the major league contract.