Videos finally drop of Carlos Beltran discussing Houston Astros, sign-stealing


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Carlos Beltran speaks on the scandal. Composite photo by Brandon Strange.

After days of leaked excerpts from Carlos Beltran's interview with the Yes Network about the Astros use of sign-stealing in 2017, we now have access to the videos. It doesn't seem like much was covered in the videos that wasn't already leaked. But let's be real, these are the Yankees employees and the interview is on their network. Beltran isn't going to say anything the Yankees don't approve of because he obviously wants to keep his job.

We'll be a lot more excited when/if the Yankees letter gets unsealed, but this is what is being reported in the meantime. We have to wonder if this is all a preliminary tactic by Brian Cashman and the Yankees knowing that what's in that letter will become public soon. And to top that, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale said Monday that he knows the Astros weren't the only team using cameras, and it's time to move on.

Looks like Carlos Beltran is back to being the bad guy in the eyes of Astros fans.

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The Houston Astros were in need of some serious help in the bullpen with Phil Maton, Hector Neris, and Ryne Stanek likely leaving this year in free agency.

While some fans were getting concerned about the quiet offseason, the club has made two moves this week to get the ball rolling.

First the team signed Victor Caratini to be the backup catcher, and now they have added some relief pitching.

The Astros traded pitching prospect Carlos Mateo to the Royals for RHP pitcher Dylan Coleman.

Coleman is under club control for the next several years, and made just over $700,000 in 2022. With the Astros right up against the tax threshold, this is a good way to add to the bullpen without having to hand out a large contract.

The Royals had a tough roster decision to make with Coleman, and the Astros made the decision easy for them by making the trade.

Something to note

There's a reason Kansas City wasn't determined to protect Coleman from the Rule 5 Draft. Despite his decent numbers over the last three seasons, 2023 was a rough year for him, posting an 8.84 ERA over 23 games.

In fact, Coleman pitched more innings (30.2) for the Royals AAA team than he did for the big league club (18.1) in 2023.

Hopefully, the Astros can get him back on track this season with some help from their highly touted player development program.

You can watch some of his 2022 highlights above.

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