In a statement, the Cardinals said that they “are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros’ database. The team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so. Given that this is an ongoing federal investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further.”
Major League Baseball said that the security breach occurred last year. “Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database,” the league said in a statement. “Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”
According to ABC News, the database “contained internal information about Houston’s potential trades, scouting reports, contract information and other material that, if compromised, could be to a competing team’s advantage.”
The New York Times reported that investigators are probing whether a motive for the hacking could have been related to Jeff Luhnow, who left the Cardinals in 2011 to become general manager of the Astros, and is among the generation of data-driven front-office executives.