MLB deals monumental penalties to Astros

Breaking: Astros sign-stealing punishments announced, suspensions for Luhnow and Hinch, loss of draft picks

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On Monday afternoon, the MLB announced the penalties associated with its investigation into the 2017 sign-stealing scandal that surfaced in November of 2019. The penalties reported are:

  • 1-year suspension for GM Jeff Luhnow
  • 1-year suspension for Manager A.J. Hinch
  • Loss of 2020 and 2021 first and second-round draft picks
  • Fine of $5 million
No players have been named as receiving punishment in this decision. We will continue to update this story as we have more information.

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This is a rough week for Astros fans. Photo by Getty Images. Composite image by Brandon Strange

On Tuesday night former Astros center fielder George Springer agreed to a 6-year $150 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays according to MLB Network's, Jon Heyman. Now we have reports that Michael Brantley will sign a 3-year deal with the Blue Jays and join Springer in Toronto.

This is a crushing blow for the Astros to lose both Brantley and Springer to Toronto. Former Astros right fielder Josh Reddick is also a free agent that won't be returning to Houston, which puts the Astros in a position where they only have one starter locked-in to play the outfield in 2021, that being Kyle Tucker. Just last year the Astros lost one of the best pitchers in baseball, when Gerrit Cole broke the bank signing a 9-year $324 million contract with the Yankees. Add that to Springer and Brantley leaving for Toronto and you have an Astros team losing three of their best players in short order. In Brantley's two seasons with Houston he hit over .300 with 27 bombs and 112 RBI.

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