Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Players getting off too easily in sign-stealing scandal

In the wake of various sign-stealing allegations, three managers have lost their jobs, and so has one general manager.

One team has been fined $5 million and docked four draft picks. Surely, the Red Sox, as an organization, will receive additional penalties when Major League Baseball concludes its investigation of their 2018 club.

It's hard to find much sympathy for those who have been disciplined. Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran either knew they were doing something wrong or failed to do enough to stop others from doing so and are now dealing with the consequences.

But notice who's missing from the list of people penalized?

Major League Baseball would like it known that no players were harmed in our investigation of the sign-stealing scandals.

On one level, it's easy to understand why players have, to date, escaped any punishment: MLB needed their cooperation to get to the bottom of things and felt it needed to offer immunity in order to get the details.