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MLB fines Cardinals $2 million for computer hack

Major League Baseball on Monday afternoon ordered the St. Louis Cardinals to pay $2 million and turn over two 2017 draft selections to the Houston Astros as a result of a former Cardinals employee hacking the Astros’ computer system.

The league's decision also permanently banned Chris Correa, who was fired by the Cardinals in July 2015 for the incident, effective immediately.

The Cardinals will lose their two highest available selections in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft — the team has a second round selection (overall No. 56) and a compensation Round B selection (overall No. 75).

“We respect the Commissioner’s decision and appreciate that there is now a final resolution to this matter,” said Bill DeWitt, Jr., Cardinals chairman and CEO, in a statement. “Commissioner Manfred’s findings are fully consistent with our own investigation’s conclusion that this activity was isolated to a single individual.”

Correa was sentenced in July to 46 months in jail for hacking into the Astros’ computer system. Correa pleaded guilty in January 2016 to five charges of unauthorized access of a protected computer. The charges stem from an investigation of a computer hacking into the Astros’ database, Ground Control, to gain access to proprietary information.

MLB said it interviewed more than a dozen witnesses and reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents during its investigation. Correa declined to answer questions during the investigation, MLB officials said.

The investigation found that no other Cardinals employee other than Correa was responsible for the breach.

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