Report: Cardinals ‘unlikely’ to be punished for hacking before draft

The Cardinals are “unlikely” to receive their punishment for hacking the Astros before June’s MLB draft.
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The Cardinals are “unlikely” to receive their punishment for hacking the Astros before June’s MLB draft, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatchreports.

If the Cardinals are not punished before then, St. Louis will keep the four picks it has on the first day of the draft.

Major League Baseball has still not concluded its investigation into an admission by former scouting director Chris Correa that the team broke into Houston’s databases during the 2013 and 2014 seasons to gain access to statistics, scouting reports and information on trades.

Correa pleaded guilty to five of 12 related federal charges of unauthorized computer access back in January. His sentencing hearing has been delayed three times, and will take place on July 5. He could face up to four years in prison.

Correa, had been with the Cardinals since 2009 and had worked under then-vice president of player development Jeff Luhnow. He was promoted to the team's director of baseball development position in 2013; Lunhow left to become the general manager of the Astros two years prior.