After investigation, MLB orders Cardinals to forfeit top two picks, pay $2 million to Astros

Major League Baseball is ordering the St. Louis Cardinals’ top two picks in the 2017 draft, as well as $2 million, be awarded to the Houston Astros.

The announcement came Monday, after MLB completed its investigation regarding the breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database by a former Cardinals’ employee, scouting director Chris Correa.

Correa will be placed on the “permanently ineligible list,” effective immediately, also per orders of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The $2 million is to be paid within 30 days.

“We respect the Commissioner’s decision and appreciate that there is now a

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