According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Kevin Maitan is one of 12 players on the Braves expected to become a free agent as a result of MLB's investigation into the club's worldwide and domestic signing violations.
The Dodgers, Angels and other teams have exceeded their bonus pools for signing global amateurs at various times, well aware that the result would be a severe reduction on what they could offer worldwide amateurs for the subsequent two years. The investigation also found the Braves offered impermissible benefits to a player selected in the First-Year Player Draft, persuading said player to sign for a lower amount. They also will not be allowed to sign Robert Puason, a prospect for whom they had reached a deal.
Former Braves special assistant Gordon Blakeley was also suspended for a year, with Manfred saying, "I intend to discipline other Braves' International Baseball Operations employees who particpated in the misconduct after the completion of our internal procedures". He reported that the Braves had broken several rules, with the most severe being the packaging of signing bonuses.
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The highest-profile signee that the Braves will lose is infielder Kevin Maitan.
The sanctions come after an investigation by Major League Baseball that found that the Braves had "circumvented global signing rules from 2015 through 2017". The Braves' farm system remains one of the game's best nonetheless, led by 19-year-old center fielder Ronald Acuna, the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, and a plethora of pitchers, including Mike Soroka, Kyle Wright, Luiz Gohara, Joey Wentz, Ian Anderson, Kolby Allard, Max Fried and Bryse Wilson.
Peter Gammons asked an important question on Twitter on Tuesday when he wondered who in Braves' ownership was the one giving the OK for all of the cash spent on these prospects?
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In a statement, the Braves said the organization "has not lived up to the standard our fans expect from us and that we expect from ourselves". And the severity of the penalties go beyond merely losing players and facing restrictions going forward: Between the signing bonuses and penalties for exceeding their bonus pool, the Braves will have paid well over $20 million to players who no longer are part of their organization.
The Braves were forced to give up 12 prospects they had signed for an excess of $20 million due to their rule violations.
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