Chris Correa, the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals who was implicated in a hacking scandal involving a computer database belonging to the Houston Astros, is scheduled to plead guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in connection with the case.
The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Costa and Devlin Barrett were the first to report the news.
The Cardinals fired Correa over the summer, soon after news broke that federal authorities were investigating whether Cardinals officials hacked into the Astros’ private computer database of player information, known as Ground Control.
“Major League Baseball had asked the FBI to look into the matter after information related to potential player trades was released anonymously online in 2014,” Costa and Barrett write.
Correa had worked for the Cardinals since 2009, moving his way up the team’s scouting hierarchy. Until 2011 he worked under Jeff Luhnow, who left St. Louis to become the Astros’ general manager. A law enforcement source told The Post in June that someone in the Cardinals organization accessed Houston’s network by trying passwords that Luhnow used during his tenure in St. Louis. Obtaining information from a computer without authorization is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
According to the WSJ, Major League Baseball will comment on the matter later Friday.