Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Major League Baseball has ordered the St. Louis Cardinals to give their top two draft picks in this year’s 2017 amateur draft to the Houston Astros. In addition to the draft picks, the Cardinals are required to pay the Astros $2 million within 30 days.
The announcement was made Monday after the investigation into former Cardinals’ scouting director Chris Correa had been completed. As for punishment from the MLB to Correa directly, he has been placed on the “permanently ineligible list” effective immediately.
The Astros issued a statement saying, “This unprecedented award by the Commissioner’s Office sends a clear message of the severity of these 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.”