Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reports that ex-Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will be indicted today on charges arising out of the hacking of the Houston Astros’ database in 2014. Correa is expected to plead guilty to charges related to hacking the Astros. UPDATE: Here is Costa’s full exclusive story.
Costa says between 5-12 charges will be filed. While the charges are yet unknown, the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would cover such activities. The FBI has been investigating for months. There are serious potential penalties under this law.
Correa was fired by the Cardinals in July following an “imposed leave of absence” which coincided with it being revealed that Cardinals employees were involved in the hacking. GM John Mozeliak, other top brass and Cardinals ownership have all denied involvement. Given that Correa will likely be packaging a guilty plea simultaneously with his indictment, one has to assume that he has cooperated with federal authorities and, perhaps, has given up others as being involved in the crime. It’s also possible, of course, that he’s the only significant Cardinals official involved and that he’s pleading guilty because he’s been caught dead-to-rights. We’ll soon find out.
Last summer it was reported that the impetus for the hack was both (a) concern that former Cards executive Jeff Luhnow took proprietary information with him when he left for Houston to become the Astros’ GM; and (b) lingering resentment over Lunhow’s tenure with the Cardinals, where he was reported to have been a polarizing figure. Correa worked under Luhnow.
Once the criminal case and investigation is over, it will be Major League Baseball’s turn to get involved. It’s hard to imagine, even if Correa was a rogue employee, that the Cardinals won’t be required to provide some sort of compensation to the Astros over all of this because, intentions be damned, the Astros’ confidential information was compromised and it was the fault of Cardinals personnel.