Is Mets jersey No. 15 about to become available again for whomever in the organization wants it?
The next potential domino in the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing caper on Wednesday was Carlos Beltran, who remained in limbo as Mets officials attempted to determine their next move.
Beltran, who played for the Astros in 2017 and was named in commissioner Rob Manfred’s report this week as a player involved in the sign-stealing — which involved electronic surveillance — could become the third manager to lose his job because of the scheme. Astros manager A.J. Hinch was fired by owner Jim Crane on Monday after receiving a one-year suspension from Manfred. A day later, Alex Cora, the Astros’ bench coach in 2017 who was implicated in the scandal, was forced out as Red Sox manager. Also fired was Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, after he had received a one-year suspension from Manfred.
A Mets source indicated “integrity” is a buzzword within the organization that is often preached, and Beltran’s involvement in the illegal sign-stealing may have alienated the club’s public-relations conscious owners, Fred Wilpon and Jeff Wilpon, to the point of no return. Team…