Despite that warning, the Astros in 2017 and Red Sox in 2018 did it, anyway. Losing draft picks will hurt some, but you also have to consider that the Astros, by virtue of their 2019 finish, would have been picking nearly last. The team was extremely lucky that Manfred didn’t bar them from participating in the free agency market for a year or two. That would have been a killer. Also, no players were suspended and no asterisks will be placed next to individual and team records. Luhnow and Hinch will serve their suspensions but come 2021, both are too talented to be out of work for long.