What do other baseball executives think of the Houston Astros’ information leak? Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels spoke with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern about the news Monday on MLB Network Radio.
Earlier this week, 10 months of internal trade discussions from the Houston Astros were published on a hacker website. Deadspin shared the information, which included correspondence from June 2013 through March 2014, and featured discussions centered around players including Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.
The Astros later acknowledged the leak, reported that the FBI and MLB were investigating, and claimed in a statement that “a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated.”
Daniels told Bowden and Stern that one of the first things he did when he heard of the security breach was review the details.
“I feel for the Astros; that’s not a fun thing to go through,” Daniels said. “We were mentioned in there a couple times. Nothing huge, nothing earth-shattering, just kind of some general conversations on interest in different players and what not. But yeah, that was the first thing I did, was call over to IT and make sure that we had looked at it, and make sure our security was what it needed to be. I don’t know how it happened, what happened, but definitely unfortunate.”
As for how he keeps information in house:
“It’s definitely a challenge,” Daniels said. “We’ve been together, our group’s been together a long time. It’s our ninth year together. So when we keep it to a manageable group, a small group, we’re usually able to keep things close to the vest. There’s certain times of the year, you guys know, that in the winter meetings, especially trade deadlines, it’s hard to keep a lid on everything. But I think that biggest thing is you have people around you that you trust.
“I think that the fraternity of GMs, assistant GMs, personnel directors – guys having those trade discussions – is pretty close,” Daniels continued. “You usually don’t see things leak with malicious intent. But you gotta understand that it’s gonna happen from time to time.”