Mets officially shut down outfielder Carlos Beltran

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No surprise here.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the Mets have decided to shut outfielder Carlos Beltran down for the rest of the 2010 season because of pain and discomfort in his surgically-repaired right knee.

An MRI of the knee Wednesday showed only inflammation, but the Mets aren’t going to mess around with a player that they owe $18.5 million to in 2011.

Beltran, 33, turned in a .255/.341/.427 batting line, seven homers and 27 RBI over 220 at-bats this year.  He stole three bases in four chances.

The Mets should consider moving him out of center and over to right field heading into 2011.  Angel Pagan covers more ground at this point and might even be a better all-around player.  But the club has made no indication that a plan like that is in the cards. 

Marlins designate Derek Dietrich for assignment

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The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.

Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.

Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.

Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.