Carlos Beltran spoke with the feds last week

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Jose Reyes and Alex Rodriguez aren’t the only ones on the feds’ list.  Turns out that Mets
center fielder Carlos Beltran spoke with federal investigators
last week about Dr. Galea, the Canadian doctor accused of selling unapproved
drugs, having his assistant try to smuggle HGH over the border and related nastiness.

According to the Associated Press, Beltran went to Toronto to consult with Dr. Galea
while he was sidelined with his knee injury last summer. He says he’s not worried about the investigation because he
didn’t do anything wrong. This jibes with everything we’ve heard from Reyes, Rodriguez, and Bud Selig.

As of press time there was no comment from Ian O’Connor, mostly because he’s been blinded by apoplectic rage the week’s events. 

Astros talking to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole about extensions

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It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.

That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.