Christopher Correa had pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis. As part of his plea, Correa admitted to using the accounts of three Astros employees to view scouting reports, amateur player evaluations, notes on trade discussions and proposed bonuses for draft picks. They will now see what information the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's office will make available to them in determining what action they might take. He also has to fork over an additional $279,000 in restitution fees, according to the Houston Chronicle. The team could face stiff penalties. "Pending the outcome of the Commissioner's investigation, we will have no further comment". Correa told prosecutors he found evidence that it did occur, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson told the Post-Dispatch at that time.
Hughes said Correa's actions were primarily about a loss of trust.
No other personnel associated with the Cardinals organization have been charged.
According to prosecutors, Correa used an old password of a former Cardinals employee, who took a job with the Astros, to log into Ground Control and download the Astros' scouting reports, information on possible Major League Baseball draftees, and other notes. Louis International Airport from the baseball winter meetings in Dallas on December 8, 2011. Luhnow had previously worked for the Cardinals. He asked only to be compensated with a lunch, with Luhnow and other executives.
In court, Correa alleged the Astros had taken proprietary information from the Cardinals, but was denied a subpoena to attempt to validate those claims. Both were key architects in the early days of the Cardinals' analytic departments, and both are now baseball operations execs in Houston. When he left the Cardinals organization, the employee had to turn over his Cardinals-owned laptop to Correa - along with the laptop's password. For example, during 2013, he was able to access scout rankings of every player eligible for the draft.
From the same piece, the Cardinals could receive a $2 million fine plus damages to the Astros.
The Astros rely heavily on sabermetrics in their evaluation of players and use a database called Ground Control to house proprietary information.