Carlos Beltran is set for his debut season in the booth calling Yankees games for the YES Network, and already questions are arising regarding his involvement in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Aaron Judge was asked about the scandal involving Beltran, and the star outfielder was quick to shut down the talks, saying he was excited to have Beltran around the organization, via ESPN.

“In my opinion, I don’t think he needs to say anything to us,” Judge said via ESPN. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Beltran, he helped me a lot during his time here as a player. Learned a lot of good lessons. He spent a lot of quality time just kind of talking to me about the game, the mental side of the game, his approaches, how to be a good teammate.”

Judge doesn’t feel Beltran owes anyone on the team an explanation over the 2017 scandal, which had a direct impact on the Yankees, who lost to the Astros in the playoffs that season. Instead, Judge wants to focus on the present and is welcoming Beltran to his new role as an announcer with open arms.

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“I’d love to talk to him,” Judge said. “It’s been a while since I’ve seen him. Just getting a chance to catch up with him and see what he’s up to because we’re to be seeing a lot of him during the year. Just looking forward to having him back around because he was a big part of this team, a big part of baseball, what he brings to the game and what he’s going to bring to the YES Network is going to be big time.”

Beltran and the Astros received a ton of backlash from fans in New York after the news of the sign-stealing scandal broke. Judge was among the players who vocally bashed the organization for their cheating, though it seems the controversy didn’t impact his opinion on Beltran.

The Yankees have their sights set on a World Series in 2022, so Judge and the rest of the team aren’t going to let any outside noise get in their heads.