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Ichiro named in leaked trade talks

Kyodo

New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was mentioned in trade talks in a leak of internal information from the Houston Astros’ front office that made public 10 months worth of communications on an anonymous sharing website, multiple U.S. media outlets reported Tuesday.

Ichiro, 40, was among those mentioned in a conversation log that got out in which Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler attempts to hock Ichiro off on the Astros in the offseason. The leaks that appeared on the website Anonbin took place from June 2013 through March this year.

The correspondence dated March 18 said the Yankees were willing to eat $4.5 million of the contract to trade Ichiro to another team. Ichiro currently makes $6.5 million with the Yankees.

Part of the Astros’ official statement on the data breach of their Ground Control database was as follows:

“Last month, we were made aware that proprietary information held on Astros’ servers and in Astros’ applications had been illegally obtained. Upon learning of the security breach, we immediately notified MLB security who, in turn, notified the FBI. Since that time, we have been working closely with MLB security and the FBI to determine the party, or parties, responsible. This information was illegally obtained and published, and we intend to prosecute those involved to the fullest extent.”