The Houston Astros constructed a database for the private use of the Astros front office called “ground control”. It apparently has been hacked and Astros trade talks have been leaked.
Deadspin has brought the trade talks to the public for your viewing pleasure:
Documents purportedly taken from Ground Control and showing 10 months’ worth of the Astros’ internal trade chatter have been posted online at Anonbin, a site where users can anonymously share hacked or leaked information. Found below, they contain the Astros front office’s communications regarding trade overtures to and from other teams, as well as negotiations—a few of which actually led to trades. You will find heavy efforts to get a big haul for Bud Norris at last year’s trade deadline (before settling for very little), pushes to acquire touted young talents like Dylan Bundy and Gregory Polanco, and even evidence the Astros rejected out of hand a blockbuster deal that could have brought them Giancarlo Stanton.
So what were some of the interesting proposals?
Deadspin put out lots of the conversations over a 10-month period, with a lot of non-trades being mentioned.
Bud Norris’ trade talks were a large part of conversations, as well as the Rockies-Astros talks with Dexter Fowler.
Here are some of the interesting notes from the leak:
- The Astros and Marlins spoke a bit about Giancarlo Stanton. It seems like they wanted something around Carlos Correa and George Springer.
- The Astros tried to fetch some of baseball’s best prospects including Dylan Bundy, Xander Bogaerts, Tyler Glasnow, Kevin Gausman, Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Nick Castellanos, and Gregory Polanco amongst others.
- There seems to be a good amount of interest in Jason Castro in the league. Carlos Corporan and Carlos Perez‘s names were also mentioned.
- Billy Beane would like Max Stassi and Brad Peacock back.
- How the Jose Veras deal went down.
- The Texas Rangers like Jonathan Singleton
- Teams did have interest in Harrell.
There’s much more in the article, and I encourage you to check it out.
It’s pretty cool seeing how some trades work in the MLB, and I imagine it’s pretty similar to the way all fantasy sports owners go about it.
One thing is for sure; GM Jeff Luhnow has to be furious with this leak and I’m sure many of his fellow GM’s aren’t happy as well.
Of course, there’s always a chance this is all fake, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this is actually how it all went down.
What do you think Astros fans of the potential trade that could have went down? Do you wish Jeff Luhnow pulled the trigger on a certain deal? Chime in!