Chris Correa (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Astros awarded two Cardinal draft picks as a result of hacking scandal

In light of hacking scandal, the MLB has awarded the Astros the Cardinals top-two upcoming draft picks as well as cash

Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred announced Monday that the St. Louis Cardinals will send two top draft picks and $2 Million to the Houston Astros for Chris Correa’s role in the hacking of the Astros player evaluation database 

The Astros will receive the Cardinals 56th and 75th overall draft picks in the upcoming June draft. 

Correa, the former scouting director for the Cardinals, plead guilty in June of 2016 to five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer and is currently serving a 46-month prison sentence.

According to court filings, Correa accessed the Astros database 48 times over the span of 2 ½ years. It is reported that Correa had access to the Astros analytics research, promising concepts, and ideas to avoid. Correa also had access to trade notes, scouting reports, and medical records of prospects. 

The Astros released the following statement in regards to the ruling: 

“The Houston Astros support MLB’s ruling and award of penalties. This unprecedented award by the Commissioner’s Office sends a clear message of the severity of those actions. Our staff has invested a great deal of time in support of the government, legal and league investigations and are pleased to have closure on this issue. We are looking forward to focusing our attention on the 2017 season and the game of baseball.”

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