John Coppolella, who resigned as the Braves' general manager last month amid the league investigation, joins Pete Rose (betting scandal), former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa (hacking scandal) and former New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia (three violations of drug policy) on baseball's permanently ineligible list. "During the 2015-16 worldwide signing period, the Braves signed five players subject to the Club's signing bonus pool to contracts containing signing bonuses lower than the bonuses the Club had agreed to provide the players". The Club provided the additional bonus money to those players by inflating the signing bonus to another player who was exempt from their signing pool because he qualified as a "foreign professional" under Major League Baseball rules.
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.
What the Braves did in 2015, according to a statement from Commissioner Rob Manfred, was to evade the pool limits by saying the prospects had signed for less than what the Braves actually paid. The organization signed five players subject to the team's signing bonus pool to contracts with bonuses lower than the what the club agreed to pay the players. As a result, Atlanta will be stripped of their third-round pick in 2018.
The Braves are prohibited from signing any worldwide players for more than $10,000 during the 2019-20 window, and their global signing bonus pool in 2020-21 will be cut by 50 percent.
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The Braves also lost scout Gordon Blakeley, who was removed from the club and subsequently banned for a year.
All 13 players will become free agents and are eligible to sign with any team. Manfred will also discipline other Baseball Operations employees who were involved in the team's misconduct. "My staff will speak to the Players Association and officials in the Dominican Republic regarding appropriate consequences for the representatives of the players who intentionally participated in schemes to circumvent our rules, none of whom are certified by the Players Association".
Manfred released a statement Tuesday, detailing the results of Major League Baseball's investigation into the Braves' questionable tactics on the global player market.
The young infielder is, of course, a long way away from reaching the big leagues - he didn't put up particularly big numbers in rookie ball, where he spent 2017 amid conditioning concerns. "For that, we apologize".