The most significant of the Mets' roster moves today involved releasing Alex Cora, who was just 18 games away from having his $2-million option vest for 2011. Cora had been used more than expected this season, appearing in 62 games due to the fact that Luis Castillo spent six weeks on the disabled list. But he batted .207 with a .265 on-base percentage.

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The Mets also demoted outfielder Jesus Feliciano, the second of two moves that cleared room on the major-league roster for the return of Ruben Tejada and the 2010 debut of Fernando Martinez. Both were recalled today after they were scratched from Friday's game for Triple-A Buffalo. That triggered speculation that the duo could be involved in a trade -- or were being summoned because current Mets were being dealt.

Neither proved to be the case, but these moves should benefit the Mets in adding some youth and energy, two things that have been missing during their recent slide.