ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The Cardinals have fired scouting director Chris Correa. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he was on an “imposed leave of absence.” He has admitted in the past to hacking the Houston Astros database.
Representatives for the St. Louis Cardinals have declined to comment on the reason for Correa's termination. General Manager John Mozaliak confirms that Correa is no longer with the organization. Sources tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is not responsible for the alleged hacking being investigated by the FBI.
In a prepared statement, Correa lawyer Nicholas Williams wrote:
"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 benefitted from that roguish behavior."
Correa was hired on a contract basis in 2009 to work with Jeff Luhnow. Luhnow was the amateur scouting and farm director. He left the team to become the Astros general manager in 2011.