From the Chicago Tribune’s Dave Wischnowsky.

A Chicago man faces identity theft charges after the pilfered financial records of dozens of Major League Baseball players, including Jim Thome, Moises Alou and Pedro Martinez, were discovered tucked away inside his North Side apartment.

David Dright, 38, of the1500 block of West Chicago Avenue, plucked discarded”and unshredded”loan applications, tax returns and other documents from a dumpster near the offices of SFX Baseball of Northbrook, which negotiates contracts for professional baseball players, according to Assistant Lake County State’s Atty. Joe Fusz.

It’s unclear why the documents would have been discarded without having been shredded first, as suggested by the Federal Trade Commission.

SFX’s website cites the following :

SFX Baseball provides our clients the following services:

Negotiation of Baseball Contracts (including winter ball, where appropriate)
Representation in Salary Arbitration
Development and Updating of a Budget and Financial Plan
Preparation of All Tax Returns
Negotiation of Off-field Contracts, Including Product Endorsements & Appearances
Day-to-Day Personal & Financial Assistance

No mention of paper shredding, however. Presumably, a higher commission is required for that.