Former Houston Astro general manager Jeff Luwen filed a lawsuit against his former employer Monday for breach of contract, demanding his firing over $ 22 million after a shootout between owner Jim Crane and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred ” Negotiation resolution “, which allowed Astro. Retain their 2017 World Series Championship.
Luhwo’s lawyers wrote in the filing that the agreement between Crane and Manfred “made Luhvu a scapegoat for a sign-theft scandal that he had no knowledge of and had no role for.”
The suit was filed in Harris County (Texas) district court.
According to the filing, Luhwen still had $ 22 million in guaranteed compensation at the time of firing from the contract signed on May 24, 2018, determined to pay more than $ 31 million in guaranteed compensation, performance bonuses, profit interest. Was. other benefits.
Luhnow is seeking reinstatement that includes his remaining compensation, plus attorney fees and court costs. He is also seeking a jury trial.
His lawyers alleged in the lawsuit that the MLB’s investigation of the Astros sign-theft scheme was “deeply flawed” and that there was “no credible evidence” that Luhvoen had any knowledge of it.
They also state that “video room employees who envisaged the sign-stealing system and the orchestrated system were employed by the club during the 2020 season.”
Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were fired by Astro in January when the results of the MLB investigation were released. Both men were suspended for one season by the MLB, with the suspension ending after the World Series. Hinch has been hired as the manager of the Detroit Tigers.
Luhwo’s lawyers accused Tom Koch-Weser that the Astros’ Director of Advance Information, MLB, was one of only 70 witnesses in the investigation who claimed that Lahan had spoken of stealing an electronic sign. He claimed that Coach-Weser stole the signs and lied during a baseball investigation and that the Astros told Coach-Weser that “he could continue his work as long as his actions were carried out by his supervisors, including Luhong” Has been approved.
He said that Manfred’s investigation “could only produce an untrue source to the actual Ringler of the Astros’ sign-stealing schemes, who have implicated Luhoven to save his job.”
The MLB declined to comment, spokesman Michael Teevan said. The Astros and Koch-Weser did not respond to emails seeking comment.
“The investigation ‘did not explicitly review – and the commissioner conveniently neglected to mention in his report, more than 22,000 current text and chat messages sent or received by this person that followed Luhwen’s” The facts point to the finger, ”the lawyers wrote.
He claimed that Coach-Weser told his colleagues “don’t tell Jeff.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.