The 12 prospects are free to sign with any other team. 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 international amateur prospect.
John Coppolella, who resigned as the Braves’ general manager last month amid the league investigation, joins Pete Rose (betting scandal), former
The Dodgers, Angels and other teams have exceeded their bonus pools for signing international amateurs at various times, well aware that the result would be a severe reduction on what they could offer international amateurs for the subsequent two years.
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 difference was made up, Manfred said, by taking money from the purported bonus of a player not subject to those limits.
The Braves also evaded the limits in 2016 and 2017 by paying "inflated bonuses" to player agents for lesser prospects in exchange for desired prospects signing at a lower amount.