WASHINGTON — The St. Louis Cardinals are being investigated by the Justice Department and the FBI for allegedly stealing information from the Houston Astros, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Prosecutors said the FBI found evidence that unidentified Cardinals employees hacked into the internal servers of the Astros to take information about player personnel, including trade discussions about trades, statistics and scouting reports.
Federal investigators believe the hacking was a way to try to sabotage Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who previously worked as an executive with the Cardinals.
Luhnow established an internal server to store information on the team’s baseball operations while he was with the Cardinals. He did the same thing with the Astros.
The Astros suspected they were hacked in 2013 and contacted Major League Baseball, which then went to the FBI. Agents found the Astros’ network had been accessed by a computer in a home where Cardinals officials lived.
“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,” Commissioner Rob Manfred 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.”
Subpoenas have been served to the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for emails and other “electronic correspondence,” The Times reported.