General manager Ben Cherington said the Red Sox “weren’t happy” when he learned internal data was stolen from the Houston Astros — which included texts concerning proposed trades the Astros discussed with other teams near the trade deadline last year.
The stolen data was obtained by Deadspin, which printed the chain of texts.
“We weren’t happy about it but I know there was no intent on the Astros’ part. Hopefully everyone understands that a thousand ideas get thrown around with very little ever becoming the firm offers or deals,” Cherington said.
The Red Sox were inquiring about the availability of Bud Norris and the Astros wanted Xander Bogaerts.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow texted Cherington that it would take Bogaerts, Allen Webster, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Garin Cecchini to “get in the conversation.”
Cherington offered catcher Ryan Lavarnway or shortstop Deven Marrero. What’s interesting is the change in Boston’s thinking now. Marrero has had an excellent season for Portland, should be up to Pawtucket soon, and is likely considered the shortstop of the future.
On July 29 last year, Cherington thought he could present a good package for Norris, but Luhnow countered with Henry Owens and Matt Barnes.
Cherington instead acquired Jake Peavy for Jose Iglesias in a three-team deal with the White Sox and Tigers. Luhnow traded Norris to Baltimore.