Cards Hack Astros!; MLB Moves and Other News
St. Louis hit hard for hacking Astros
NEW YORK (AP) — The Cardinals have been ordered by Major League Baseball to pay Houston $2 million dollars and give the Astros two picks in this year’s draft for an employee hacking the Astros. Commissioner Rob Manfred also banned former St. Louis scouting executive Christopher Correa for life.
Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014 and last July was sentenced by a federal judge to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay the Astros $279,038.65 in restitution.
Report: KC connects with Moss
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Free agent Brandon Moss has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Royals. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press about the move on condition of anonymity because Moss still must pass a physical to make the deal official.
Moss hit just .225 in 128 games with 28 home runs last season with St. Louis.
He is expected to take over for Kendrys Morales, who left the Royals as a free agent for a $33 million, three-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
— Free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a $5 million, one-year contract. The 30-year-old has a .241 career average. He hit .206 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 107 games last year with Houston.
— The Red Sox have gone to arbitration with left-hander Fernando Abad. The 31-year old was 1-6 with a 3.66 ERA last season in 57 relief appearances with the Twins and Sox. He feels he is worth $2.7 million while the Sox have countered with an even $2 million. Last season he earned $1.3 million.
— Kurt Suzuki and the Atlanta Braves finalized their $1.5 million, one-year contract, giving the team another experienced catcher to share time with Tyler Flowers. The 33-year old Suzuki hit .258 with eight homers and 49 RBIs last season with Minnesota. His career average is .256.