Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred ruled Monday that the St. Louis Cardinals will lose their top two picks in this year’s first-year player draft as the result of illegal breaches of the Houston Astros’ database by former scouting director Chris Correa.
The picks, selections No. 56 in the second round and No. 75 of Compensation Round B, will go to the Astros in addition to $2 million. Correa, sentenced to 46 months in federal prison last July, will be placed on the league’s permanently ineligible list, barring him from returning to baseball.