Major League Baseball has concluded its investigation into the Astros' sign-stealing, and it is not messing around when it comes to discipline.
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch have each been suspended for one year, the league announced. In addition, MLB has fined the Astros $5 million and taken away their first- and second-round picks in both the 2020 and 2021 MLB Drafts.
Now, the bad news for the Red Sox. The report from the league names manager Alex Cora, who was the Astros' bench coach at the time of their sign-stealing, as a key force in setting up Houston's sign-stealing, saying Cora "was involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs."
MLB did not punish Cora as part of its release Monday, but the statement from commissioner Rob Manfred says the league will determine Cora's discipline after the conclusion of its investigation into allegations of the Red Sox stealing signs during the 2018 season.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Cora is expected to face "harsh" punishment. Now the question is whether the Red Sox will as an organization, as well.