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Former Cardinals executive pleads guilty, admits hacking Astros' computers

Former Cardinals executive pleads guilty, admits hacking Astros' computers

The Houston Astros made two modest trades on July 31, 2013, sending pitcher Bud Norris to the Baltimore Orioles and outfielder Justin Maxwell to the Kansas City Royals.

Those deals probably would not have come as news to Chris Correa, then the scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals. On that day, in the hours preceding baseball's nonwaiver trade deadline, Correa hacked into the Astros' computer system and peeked at records of the team's trade talks.

"Stupid, I know," Correa told a federal judge in Houston on Friday, as he pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access to a private computer. He faces up to five years in prison on each count, although...

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