"When you have a conversation with a team,'' Luhnow says, "it's a conversation between the two individual or two clubs. It's not meant to be shared with the world. I feel bad about that. I talked to other teams and expressed my apology and that's about all I can do at that point.
"It's unfortunate it's out there and it's unfortunate that other teams are affected and individual players.''
Springer, when asked how it felt to hear his name surface in alleged talks for Stanton, said: "I'm just here to play baseball. That's it.''
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Most of the trade talks, which were entered in the team's database called Ground Control, focused on proposals for pitcher Bud Norris, who eventually was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder L.J. Hoes and pitching prospect Josh Hader.
In other tidbits:
- The Yankees offered in March to trade veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to Houston while willing to eat $4.5 million of his $6.5 million salary.
- The Chicago White Sox were interested in catcher Jason Castro, but told the Astros that ace Chris Sale, first baseman Jose Abreu, pitcher Jose Quintana and outfielder Avisail Garcia were the club's lone untouchables.
Luhnow said that the Astros were informed a month ago about the leak, and beefed up their security in hopes to prevent further hacks into their system.
"We're doing everything we can to upgrade our security to make sure it doesn't happen again,'' Luhnow said. "We've been working on that since we discovered this.
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"It's better now, and hopefully that's good enough,'' Luhnow says. "I don't think anybody can say for sure any system is 100% secure. We're working on it, we've done a security review and will continue to do more.
"This is information is important in our industry as it is in any other industry and we'll do whatever we can to protect the information.''
Yes, even if it meant going back to using a No. 2 pencil and notebook paper, which he did Monday, Luhnow said, in his talks Monday with teams involved in the report.
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"It's the double-edged sword of technology,'' Luhnow said. "It makes things easier. When things like this are capable of happening, it's definitely a risk every team should probably think about now in light of what's happened to us. If it happened to us, could it have happened to other clubs? I don't know.
"In talking about it with my counterparts with other clubs, I'm recommending that everybody take a look at their own security system and make sure they don't get hacked the way we were.''
—By Bob Nightengale, USA Today