Braves penalized for int'l signing violations

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella has received a lifetime ban from MLB

Maitan, a Venezuelan shortstop who drew comparisons to Miguel Cabrera and Miguel Sano when he was the top global amateur player available, is the No. 38 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, and he was the Braves' No. 5 prospect. The team lost 12 prospects the league deemed they signed illegally, was charged a third-round draft pick and will face severe limitations on their spending on the global market over the next few seasons.

Rob Manfred and the league came down hard on the Braves stripping them off several high-profile prospects and limiting their ability to spend on the international market for the next two years

Those measures include the Braves being limited to offering no more than a $10,000 bonus to any player in the 2019-20 signing class and losing half of their global signing bonus pool for the 2020-21 class.

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Coppolella rose through the ranks of the Braves' organization, eventually being named the team's general manager in 2015. Consistent with the rules, the Braves could have signed all of the 2015-16 players for the full, actual signing bonus amounts.

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Former Braves general manager John Coppolella has been placed on baseball's permanently ineligible list, and Atlanta will lose one of its top prospects as part of MLB's penalties against the team for rules violations in the worldwide market. As a penalty for the Club's attempted circumvention involving a draft selection, the Braves will forfeit their third-round selection in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Former Braves Special Assistant Gordon Blakeley, the team's worldwide scouting chief, is suspended from performing services for any team for one year. Jon Hart, who took over as president of baseball operations in October, resigned last week. The final paragraph of that statement begins, "With respect to individual discipline, former Braves General Manager John Coppolella will be placed on the permanently ineligible list, effective immediately".

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The Braves issued a statement Tuesday evening, saying in part, that they fully cooperated with the investigation. Manfred also said Major League Baseball intends to discipline other members of the Braves' front office and explore "appropriate consequences" for the player representatives involved in the scheme.

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