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MLB not close to ruling for Cardinals hacking incident; Angels, White Sox sweep

Former Cardinals director of scouting Chris Correa pleaded guilty in January to criminal charges in connection with a breach of the Astros' computer network. AP Photo/Bob Levey

Since former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa agreed to a plea bargain months ago, executives in other front offices have assumed that at some point before the draft, Major League Baseball's hammer would come down on the St. Louis organization.

The New England Patriots lost a first-round pick and now will lose their Hall of Fame quarterback for a quarter of a season for deflating footballs, along with a hefty fine, so rival officials have been stretching their imaginations to figure out just how far the penalties will go for the Cardinals in the aftermath of their computer hacking of another team. The loss of draft picks, fines, a huge hit to their competitive advantage perhaps.

But the process in the Correa case could play out long enough that the Cardinals' draft of 2016 will not be impacted, according to a source familiar with the case.