TAMPA — The Yankees had an inside source last year to the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing program.
But Carlos Beltran wasn’t much help.
The former Yankee and a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman in 2019 offered few details to his boss when Cashman asked about what was going on in Houston.
“Not just Carlos, I’ve asked many people that have played for the Houston Astros that we’ve come across or people that had worked here in the past that have worked there,” Cashman said Friday. “I’m not going to go through the details of those conversations, but they’ve been had and never got confirmation of anything from any of them. That’s a fact.”
Cashman said the Yankees “did things right” even while Beltran was in their front office. The Beltran who Cashman knew as a player and special adviser, he said, is much different than the one painted in stories detailing the Astros’ sign-stealing program.
A recent story from The Athletic quoted an unnamed member of the 2017 Astros team describing Beltran as “the Godfather,” for his role in orchestrating and maintaining the illegal scheme.