The Houston Astros on Monday acknowledged that an inner-office database called "Ground Control" was illegally hacked by an external source, with the contents from a 10-month stretch detailing multiple trade proposals posted online at Anonbin and published by Deadspin.
The Astros were made aware of the security breach a month ago with general manager Jeff Luhnow announcing that the FBI is investigating the matter. Luhnow also noted that while some of the information published was an accurate reflection of conversations between his front office and other organizations, some of the material was fabricated.
"It's unfortunate," Luhnow said. "Some of it like I said is not accurate and there's information out there that affects other teams and individual players that's not accurate. And just in general when you have a conversation with another team, it's a conversation between two individuals or two clubs. It's not meant to be shared with the world.
"So I feel bad about that. I've been on the phone with other teams expressing my apology and letting them know what happened and that's about all I can do at this point."
Luhnow offered levity, joking that current conversations are being transcribed with pencil on paper, but he didn't shy from the seriousness of the events and the measures taken to not only reach out to other clubs but to the Houston players that were referenced in the documents.
"I've talked to the players that are here and I think they understand what happened," Luhnow said. "The reality is that a lot of players are discussed all the time and it's part of the nature of our industry. It doesn't mean that things happen all the time with regard to those players. It doesn't mean that you don't want or value those players, but you're always checking to see what's out there and if you were to move a player what you might get back. Those conversations happen all the time. They just don't get documented and published all the time."