With the Astros investigation into major league baseball completed and announced next week, Carlos Beltran is expected to avoid tough discipline and take on his new job as Mets manager with no problems.
Discipline in the form of suspensions seems entirely possible to the leaders of the Astros Championship Club 2017, against which strong evidence has surfaced that they have illegally stolen the signs of the opponents electronically. Jeff Luhnow, president of the baseball business in Houston, and manager A.J. Hinch is one of the obvious candidates to be left behind, and Alex Cora, Hinch's bench coach this season, who went on to manage the Red Sox afterwards, also appears to be in danger. In addition, MLB announced Tuesday that it will file new charges that Coras Champion 2018 Red Sox illegally stole signs.
Beltran was in a unique position to be a player for the Astros 2017 and now to be part of the management. This means that 1) MLB has the right to suspend him from his current job, even if it is not related to the time and place of the misconduct; and 2) the Players Association could not and did not want to protect Beltran from discipline with regard to its current appearance. The 42-year-old has met and cooperated with investigators about the theft of Astros signs. Significantly, Beltran has spent the winter gatherings politely clarifying all questions on the subject since he initially denied The Post to be a "key player" in the Astros system, The Athletic reported.
As Baseball plans to publish a transparent statement of its investigation, Beltran could be fingered as a contributor to what went down. However, Beltran was not expected as a player to read the September 15, 2017 memorandum that Commissioner Rob Manfred distributed to all 30 teams after the Yankees-Red Sox Apple Watch controversy. Therefore, he is less to blame. ESPN reported on Tuesday that according to three Astros players surveyed, the players involved were not disciplined.
However, if more damning evidence of Beltran's involvement emerges before or after the announcement, MLB could continue to suspend the nine-time ex-all-star.