ASTROS MOVES

These critical Astros roster moves are expected, if not imminent

While the Houston Astros continue to be one of the best teams in MLB, they are staring down some important, if not controversial roster moves. With the imminent return of Jake Meyers, the team has some challenging decisions on what to do with outfielders Chas McCormick and Jose Siri. ESPN Houston's Joel Blank and Jeremy Branham discuss this in the above video, as well as what to do with Alex Bregman who has struggled with batting average and power this season.

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Carlos Beltran missed out on his first opportunity to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this week, and we discuss how his involvement in the 2017 sign-stealing scandal may have played a role.

Plus, are we seeing a turning of the tide with national baseball writers and their opinion of the Houston Astros?

Bob Nightengale wrote this about Carlos Beltran and the Hall of Fame recently:

But we’re really going to ignore all of that and admonish him for participating in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Really?
Are we going to do the same with everyone who played for the Red Sox and Yankees during those years, too, when they were fined and disciplined for the illegal use of Apple Watches and dugout phones to relay signs?
Should we hold that against future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander, who obviously didn’t benefit from the sign stealing as a pitcher, but didn’t tell his teammates to stop it?
Enough already.
We’re not talking about performance-enhancing drugs here. Sign stealing has been going on for the past 100 years. There are teams who have used hidden cameras for years. Team employees flashed signs from outfield seats and scoreboards.

Check out the video above as we break it all down.

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