Former Cardinals executive sentenced to 46 months in Astros hacking case

Monday afternoon former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes for his role in the Astros hacking scandal. Correa pled guilty to 12 counts of what amounts to corporate espionage earlier this year. His sentencing was delayed three times prior to Monday's day in court.

Back in 2014 Correa hacked into the Astros' internal "Ground Control" system. He said he was acting alone and intending to see whether the Astros had gained access to proprietary information from the Cardinals. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow worked in the St. Louis front office from 2013-11.

Correa faced a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of $250,000 per charge. Because he acted alone, he can not testify against others in exchange for a reduced sentence. As a result of Correa's hacking, Astros information such as scouting reports and trade discussions were leaked online.

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Former Cardinals executive Chris Correa has been sentenced to 46 months in prison. USATS

Now that Correa has been sentenced, MLB will likely discipline the Cardinals in some way. A hefty fine seems most likely, though it's been speculated the team could have future draft picks taken away. Commissioner Rob Manfred has shown he likes to be thorough and methodical with his decisions, so punishment may not be announced immediately.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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