Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said Saturday the Houston Astros players who took part in the club's sign-stealing scheme "absolutely" should have received punishments from MLB.

"I think it's worse than steroids," he told reporters.

Bryant also argued the $5 million fine handed down to the Astros, which is the maximum allowable under the league's constitution, was "weak" and easily made up through beer sales.

All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran was the only Houston player mentioned by name in MLB's report about the 2017 sign-stealing investigation. Although he wasn't punished, his tenure as New York Mets manager ended after less than three months as the scandal led him to mutually part ways with the club.