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Carlos Beltran will not be suspended for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, despite being specifically named as part of the illegal operation.
Here’s what MLB’s decision means for Beltran and the Mets.
Beltran fully cooperated with the investigation and “admitted to everything”.
Ryan Braun believes in Tim Tebow and thinks his big league dreams are a reality with the Mets.
Anthony Recker will be joining the SNY team this year as part of Baseball Night in New York.
Around the National League East
Nationals pitching prospect Fausto Segura died on Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Barahona, Dominican Republic. He was 23 years old. Our thoughts are with his family and the Nationals’ organization.
Around Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball came down on the Astros, suspending GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for one full year. The team will also forfeit their 2020 and 2021 first and second round picks, and will be subject to a $5 million fine.
The $5 million is the “highest allowable fine under the Major League Constitution.”
Following MLB’s ruling, Astros owner Jim Crane announced during a press conference that he has fired Luhnow and Hinch, effective immediately.
Joe Espada, who was linked to the Mets’ managerial search earlier this offseason, is expected to become the interim Astros manager following the Hinch firing.
Meanwhile, owner Crane will oversee baseball operations and referenced an internal GM candidate, which is likely assistant GM Pete Putila.
One GM wasn’t satisfied with the punishment, noting that it won’t undo the damage done.
Manfred couldn’t fix the past, so he opted to try and fix the present and future.
Some major questions still remain following the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
CC Sabathia will serve as a special advisor to Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman, but this might cause conflict as he’s not the biggest fan of Michael Kay.
Eno Sarris gives five thoughts on the new Statcast infield defense statistic. (Paywall alert)
A Nolan Arenado trade now appears more likely than a Mookie Betts trade or a Francisco Lindor trade.
Former Met tormentor Pat Burrell will join the San Jose Giants, San Francisco’s Single-A affiliate, as their hitting coach.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Pitcher Junior Santos came in at number 14 on Steve Sypa’s list of the Top 25 Mets Prospects for 2020.