MLB Removing Prospects From Braves

South Korean shortstop Bae Ji-hwan

Major League Baseball has hit the Atlanta Braves with their version of the death penalty as punishment for the franchise's violations over the past few years.

All prospects released from their Braves contracts as part of this punishment will keep their signing bonuses - but will have certain restrictions on their new free agent status - and just in case you thought there was an easy loophole here, the Braves won't be able to re-sign any players they lose. He reported that the Braves had broken several rules, with the most severe being the packaging of signing bonuses. The team will not be allowed to sign top 2019 prospect Robert Puason, with who the Braves allegedly struck an illegal deal. After getting caught circumventing worldwide signing rules and bonuses, they started taking care of the problem internally by letting go of GM John Coppolella and special assistant Gordon Blakeley right after the news broke. John Hart, who as president of baseball operations served as Coppolella's boss, resigned from the organization last Friday after being moved out of the baseball operations department earlier in the week with the hire of new GM Alex Anthopoulos. They also lost a draft pick in 2018.

The Atlanta Braves are looking to add pitching and at least one starting level hitter with a hole on the roster at third base.


As penalty for bundling bonuses and negotiating deals for outside pay/compensation, the Braves are losing Kevin Maitan, Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Pena, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto and Guillermo Zuniga, who will now be free agents.

The Braves said in a statement after MLB's announcement that they cooperated fully with the investigation and "understand and accept" the penalties.

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