Astros internal database hacked; trade discussions leaked

Scott Halleran

Lucas Harrell for Lucas Giolito? Ichiro retiring in Houston? All of the top prospects for Bud Norris? Man, the Astros have been busy.

The Houston Astros have set the baseball world on fire once again.

Amidst their never-ending tanking controversy, the Astros have made new waves, though this time to no fault of their own (aside from some security issues). As first reported by Deadspin, the Houston Astros' internal communication and evaluation system "Ground Control" has been hacked into anonymously, and notes on past trade discussions have been leaked onto the data sharing site Anonbin. Two sets of notes have been leaked. One dates back to last summer's trade deadline, while the other is set over the offseason. They can be found here and here.

The authenticity of the notes has been confirmed by numerous people, including Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports and David Cameron of FangraphsESPN's Buster Olney also reports that the Astros have begun reaching out to other clubs, apologizing for the leak. Houston has also released the following statement on the matter:

“Last month, we were made aware that proprietary information held on Astros’ servers and in Astros’ applications had been illegally obtained. Upon learning of the security breach, we immediately notified MLB security who, in turn, notified the FBI. Since that time, we have been working closely with MLB security and the FBI to the determine the party, or parties, responsible. This information was illegally obtained and published, and we intend to prosecute those involved to the fullest extent.

“It is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that an outside source has illegally obtained confidential information. While it does appear that some of the content released was based on trade conversations, a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated.”

You can read a full, cleaned up transcript of the discussions over at Deadspin, but here are a few highlights:

Reactions from the leak have varied. Here are a few examples:

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