Major League Baseball handed down the penalties to the St. Louis Cardinals after the team's ex-scouting director Chris Correa had hacked the database of the Houston Astros in 2013 and 2014.
As punishment for the hacking, the Cardinals will lose their top two draft picks in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft, with those picks being 56 and 75, as well as a fine of $2 million. The money and picks, including the pool value of the picks, will be given to the Houston Astros in compensation. The league has also banished Chris Correa, who is currently serving a 46-month prison sentence, permanently.
In a statement released by the Astros, the club supports the penalties, calling the award "unprecedented" and stating that the penalties "send a clear message of the severity of these actions". The Cardinals also released a statement, in which they agreed with the penalties handed their way.
With the Cardinals losing picks 56 and 75, they will not have a pick in the 2017 Draft until the third round, as they were able to keep the 94th-overall selection. The Astros will now boast five picks within the first three rounds, as they had already held picks 15, 53, and 91. With picks 56 and 75, the Astros will gain $1,853,200 in signing pool money, as pick 56 was worth $1,122,400 and pick 75 was worth $730,800.
The punishments handed down were considered light to many people within the league, but due to Correa being the only known antagonist in this saga, the Cardinals managed to dodge an enormous blow.
Tyler Jennings writes for Hardball Scoops on Scout.com