SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mets officials must sit with Carlos Beltran in the coming days and ask their new manager when it comes to electronic cheating with the 2017 Astros — what did you know and what did you do?
To this point, the new Mets manager publicly continues to tell The Post that in his final year as a player, he lived up to his reputation as a legal on-field sleuth by using pre-game film study and in-game observation to steal signs. That is viewed within the game as ethical brinkmanship.
But as part of a burgeoning story implicating the Astros in violating MLB rules about electronic spying, The Athletic, citing sources, reported that Beltran (a player on the 2017 team) and Alex Cora (then Houston’s bench coach and now Boston’s manager) played a key role in devising the illegal sign-stealing system that their former pitcher Mike Fiers and sources revealed to The Athletic.
In that system, The Athletic reported, the Astros are alleged to have used a center-field camera relayed to a monitor near the dugout to steal signs in real time.
Cora refused comment to The Post, citing the MLB investigation, same as Astros manager A.J. Hinch. MLB’s Department of…