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Houston Astros News: January 31, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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MLB orders St. Louis Cardinals to forfeit top 2 2017 draft picks, pay $2 million to Houston Astros
MLB announced that the Cardinals must forfeit their top two 2017 draft picks and pay $2 million to the Astros, as a result of the investigation into the breach of the Astros' database.

MLB hammers Cardinals — first two draft picks, $2 million go to Astros | St. Louis Cardinals |
Penalties are a result of an executive's illegal hacking of Houston's database.

MLB hacking scandal: Astros OK with Cardinals penalty |
Some around baseball thought the Cardinals' punishment for hacking the Astros' internal database was light, but Houston is willing to accept it.

There are no winners in the Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal
On Monday, the commissioner went ahead and put a firm price tag on that: $2 million and two draft picks to the Houston Astros, that on top of the 46 months jail time and more than quarter-million dollars in personal restitution. Correa was the mid-30s, prime-of-his career guy who supplemented his over-healthy

Astros benefit from Cardinals' hacking - Houston Chronicle
Major League Baseball levied unprecedented sanctions Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals, awarding $2 million and two draft picks to the Astros as punishment for a former Cardinals executive's illegal hacking of the Astros' email and player evaluation systems.

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The Cardinals sure got some awfully convenient timing for their hacking punishment -
If "two highest available" draft picks is a one-size-fits-all description, here’s how the Cardinals got lucky.

Cardinals hacking punishment sends top draft picks, $2 million to Astros -
The Cardinals will not have a 2017 draft pick until the third round.

The Royals’ offseason isn’t over yet -
Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the Royals making moves again, the free agents of the past through the lens of today, and Randy Johnson trying to call his shot.