Sources: Beltran out as Mets manager

Carlos Beltran, the only player named in MLB’s investigation of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, is out as manager of the New York Mets before beginning his first season with the team, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.

Beltran is the third manager to lose his job in the fallout from the investigation. The Astros fired A.J. Hinch after the report was issued, and the Boston Red Sox parted with Alex Cora after he admitted to wrongdoing while with the Astros.

Yahoo Sports was the first to report that Beltran was out as manager of the Mets.

“Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter,” said MLB’s report, which was issued Monday.

The scheme they devised involved using trash cans and video cameras to send out signals to hitters. No player received any discipline from MLB for the sign-stealing scheme.

The Mets signed Beltran on Nov. 1 to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth season. It was to be his first job as a major league manager.

A nine-time All-Star during 20 major league seasons, Beltran finished his major-league career with the Astros in 2017 and spent 2019 as an adviser to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

Beltran, 42, played for the Mets from 2005 to 2011.

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