TAMPA – The Yankees had an inside source last year for the Astros illegal sign theft program.

But Carlos Beltran was of little help.

Former Yankee and a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman in 2019 revealed few details to his boss when Cashman asked about what was going on in Houston.

"Not just Carlos, I asked a lot of people who played for the Houston Astros that we came across or people who have worked and worked here in the past," said Cashman on Friday. "I'm not going to go through the details of these conversations, but they were conducted and have received no confirmation from either of them. It's a fact."

Cashman said the Yankees "did things right" even when Beltran was in their front office. The Beltran that Cashman knew as a player and special advisor was very different from the one that was painted in stories about the Astros' sign theft program.

A recent story from The Athletic quoted an undisclosed member of the Astros team in 2017, who Beltran called "the Godfather", for his role in orchestrating and maintaining the illegal system.

Brian Cashman and Carlos Beltran
Brian Cashman and Carlos BeltranCharles Wenzelberg (2)

"The Carlos Beltran I know is a good person, a great player, obviously a kind of gentle giant," said Cashman. “It is clear that someone I can say is a friend, despite the stories that are coming out now.

"For many stories, I find it difficult to just believe in the person and how they are portrayed. I'm not saying that he didn't do anything wrong, the Commissioner's report speaks for itself. But in relation to someone who is the people forced me to do this or that, I find it difficult to buy because it is not the person I knew as a player and it was not the person I knew as our special advisor. ”

Beltran left the Yankees role to become Mets manager in November. But Beltran was released in January after MLB completed his investigation into the Astros and found that he was a key figure.

Cashman declined to say whether he would hire Beltran again.

"Great player, great person, but obviously involved in something that I think he would have to make different decisions if he had the chance to turn the clock back," said Cashman. "I think all these people in Houston would do it differently now. They probably didn't realize the extent when they went through this stuff. "