The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly fired scouting director Chris Correa after he admitted to hacking into a proprietary database used by the Houston Astros, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Correa's position terminated following an “imposed leave of absence,” a lawyer for the Cardinals told the Post-Dispatch.
While Correa declined to comment directly to the newspaper, a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Post-Dispatch Correa admitted hacking into the Astros database to verify whether the Astros had in fact stolen proprietary data from the Cardinals.
Correa's lawyer, Nicholas Williams, denied this report. “Mr. Correa denies any illegal conduct. The relevant inquiry should be what information did former St. Louis Cardinals employees steal from the St. Louis Cardinals organization prior to joining the Houston Astros, and who in the Houston Astros organization authorized, consented to, or benefited from that roguish behavior,” Williams said in a statement.
The Post-Dispatch's source said Correa was not responsible for leaking any of the Astros' data.
On June 16, a New York Times report revealed that the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice were investigating the Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the internal network of the Astros.
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow is previously a St. Louis Cardinals executive, but left the team before the team is accused of hacking into the Astros' servers.
Correa worked with Luhnow on the Cardinals' staff from 2009 to '11.