Mets Reportedly 'Wavering' On Keeping Carlos Beltran

Fallout From Astros' Cheating Scandal Continues

Alex Greenberg
January 15, 2020 - 2:39 pm

Carlos Beltran was only just hired by the Mets in November, but he may already be on the verge of losing his job.

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The cheating scandals involving the Astros and the Red Sox continue to have huge effects across Major League Baseball. Beltran wasn’t punished by the league for the Houston infractions because he was only a player on that team, but the Mets are now feeling the pressure to fire him anyway.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mets are “wavering” on whether they should stick by Beltran in the wake of these scandals. Olney broke the news on Sportscenter on Wednesday. 

Beltran was reportedly a “key part” of devising the system the Astros used to cheat, according to the Athletic. Manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were dismissed after being suspended for the 2020 season, but no players were punished. Alex Cora has also been fired by Boston and awaits his suspension for his involvement in both sign-stealing schemes.

Carlos Beltran talks to the media after being introduced by as the manager of the New York Mets during a press conference at Citi Field on Nov. 4, 2019.
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Cora and Beltran are close friends. Cora was the bench coach on that Astros team, and Beltran’s role as a respected, veteran player meant he was also in a position that had some authority.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, news about the Mets’ decision with Beltran could come Wednesday.

There were quite a few managerial openings around the league when Beltran was fired by the Mets, but the only openings now are the ones vacated by this scandal in Houston and Boston. If the Mets choose to get rid of the man they just hired, Brodie Van Wagenen and company will have to turn around quickly and hire someone else.

When it was first reported in November that Beltran was a part of the sign-stealing, Van Wagenen claimed that he didn't see "any reason why this is a Mets situation." Things have certainly changed a lot since then.

Pitchers and catchers report for the Mets on February 10, which is under a month away.