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    Braves Broke MLB Rules When Signing International Players

    They didn’t balk. Major League Baseball has punished the Atlanta Braves for skirting its regulations on signing international amateurs, banning former general manager John Coppolella for life and canceling the contracts of 13 prospects. Among those new free agents is highly anticipated Venezuelan Kevin Maitan, who was signed last year for $4.25 million. An investigation found the Braves had reported lower signing bonuses for foreign prospects. The team is now banned from signing international players for more than $10,000 in 2019, while their bonus pool for 2020 will be halved.

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