The Yankees explored a March trade of Ichiro Suzuki to the Astros and the Mets talked with Houston about separate deals involving Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy, according to information leaked to Anonbin.com, which describes itself as a website for anonymous data sharing.
The Astros acknowledged Monday that their computer servers were hacked earlier this year. The data includes a diary of discussions with general managers from other clubs with dates.
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"It is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that an outside source has illegally obtained confidential information," the Astros said in a statement. "While it does appear that some of the content released was based on trade conversations, a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated."
According to Anonbin.com, in a notation marked 11/8/2013, Mets assistant GM John Ricco talked about how the Mets "have some pressure to get better next year but have some payroll flexibility to help them out. They are looking for corner OF help, a veteran starter, and a little bullpen help. Overall they're looking to incrementally upgrade where they can."
The Mets, of course, later signed Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon. Anonbin.com reported that Paul DePodesta, the team's vice president of player development and scouting, asked if the Astros would "consider" a trade involving Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar for Murphy. DePodesta also talked about a deal swapping Davis for pitchers Lucas Harrell and Alex Sogard.
Murphy shrugged when asked if he found it upsetting. "I don't really care,'' he said. "I guess it's always nice to know that other teams value you."
According to the website, DePodesta said "[the Mets] value Davis higher for that [deal]. He said it appears they may value Davis higher than the market does, so they are comfortable hanging on to him."
Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler reportedly said March 18 that they were looking to trade Ichiro and would "pay down to 2M," meaning the Yankees would eat $4.5 million of his 2014 salary. In another entry, marked 11/13, the Astros noted that the Blue Jays "might consider a smaller deal for [Marcus] Stroman but later in offseason."
Patchogue-Medford's Stroman is 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA in six starts and five relief appearances for Toronto.
A Mets spokesman said the team had no comment on the report. The Yankees did not respond to a request for comment.With Marc Carig