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The most heralded among them, Venezuelan shortstop Kevin Maitan, 17, signed for $4.25 million in 2016, when he was ranked by Baseball America as the top global amateur prospect.

Infielder Kevin Maitan, a 17-year-old Venezuelan that the Braves invested upwards of $4 million in signing, was one of 12 Atlanta prospects immediately declared a free agent by the league.

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.

Former Braves GM John Coppolella, who resigned from the position in October after MLB opened an investigation into his team's worldwide signing practices, has been hammered the hardest, teceiving a lifetime ban from the sport for his role in the "violations of Major League Rules", commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement Tuesday.

The Braves had reportedly been signing players by exceeding their bonus pool. They also will lose their third-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft for offering under-the-table inducements to a 2017 draft pick.

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In addition to Coppolella's lifetime ban, former Braves special assistant Gordon Blakely was suspended one year.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league's investigation found that the Braves illegally moved bonus pool money from one player to boost another player's contract. Manfred will also discipline other Baseball Operations employees who were involved in the team's misconduct.

"As we expressed last week, our organization has not lived up to the standard our fans expect from us and that we expect from ourselves.", the team's statement said.

"We do not plan to comment further on this matter".


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