Attorneys: Former Astros GM was 'scapegoated'

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Former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow filed a lawsuit against his former employer Monday for breach of contract, seeking more than $22 million after alleging his firing was through a “negotiated resolution” between owner Jim Crane and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred that allowed the Astros to keep their 2017 World Series championship.

Luhnow’s attorneys wrote in the filing that the agreement between Crane and Manfred “scapegoated Luhnow for a sign-stealing scandal that he had no knowledge of and played no part in.”

The lawsuit was filed in Harris County (Texas) District Court.

According to the filing, Luhnow was still owed $22 million in guaranteed compensation at the time of his firing from a contract signed on May 24, 2018, that was scheduled to pay him more than $31 million in guaranteed compensation, performance bonuses, profits interest and other benefits.

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Luhnow is seeking restitution that includes his remaining compensation owed, plus attorney fees and court costs. He is also seeking a jury trial.

His attorneys allege in the lawsuit that MLB’s investigation of the Astros sign-stealing scheme was “deeply flawed” and that there was “no credible evidence” that

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