MLB orders Cards forfeit top 2 picks to Astros

Major League Baseball is ordering the St. Louis Cardinals’ top two draft picks in the 2017 draft to be awarded to the Houston Astros, and for the Cardinals to pay the Astros $2 million within 30 days.

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.

“We respect the Commissioner’s decision and appreciate that there is now a final resolution to this matter,” Cardinals chairman and CEO William O. DeWitt Jr. said 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.”

“This has been a long and challenging process for all of us, especially

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