Former Cardinals scouting director sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking the Astros

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Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced today for hacking into the Astros scouting and analytics database. He’s getting 46 months in prison.

Correa entered a guilty plea to U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes in Houston back in January. The maximum penalty on each of the five counts to which he pleaded was up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution, so he’s getting off relatively lightly. And make no mistake, no matter how many jokes people have made about the hacking scandal, violation of federal laws relating to computer fraud and abuse is some pretty serious legal business.

The hacking incident took place in 2014, but it was unknown that the employee of another team was involved until last year. Correa was relieved of his duties with the Cardinals last July, just prior to his arrest and indictment. When he pleaded guilty in January Correa said that he accessed the Astros database because he suspected the Astros were in possession of Cardinals proprietary information. The Astros denied that. It wouldn’t have mattered even if they did, however, as such facts would not have negated Correa’s own culpability.

Major League Baseball is expected to sanction the Cardinals, possibly by forcing it to forfeit draft picks, at some point in the near future.

Rays’ Yandy Díaz gets three-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.