Jays to review safeguards after Astros leak

Marcus Stroman (Nathan Denette/CP)

The Toronto Blue Jays intend to review the safeguards on their proprietary database after fascinating details of recent Houston Astros trade talks were leaked to the public.

Like the Astros system, the Blue Jays program, known as The BEST (pronounced beast after team president Paul Beeston), is a one stop catch-all for scouting reports, video, medical records, analytics and dialogue with various clubs.

The leak of Astros trade contact leading up to last year’s non-waiver deadline and portions of this past off-season included several mentions of the Blue Jays.

Among the highlights are that GM Alex Anthopoulos told the Astros that Brett Lawrie was untouchable, Aaron Sanchez was not in play but that other prospects would be considered.

The Blue Jays inquired about starter Bud Norris, eventually dealt to the Baltimore Orioles, but didn’t bite on the asking price of Marcus Stroman and Anthony Gose.

They also asked about catcher Jason Castro, although nothing materialized on that front, either, as Anthopoulos opted to sign Dioner Navarro.