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MLB strips Atlanta Braves of 12 prospects, bans former GM for life

MLB strips Atlanta Braves of 12 prospects, bans former GM for life

The Atlanta Braves were stripped of 12 prospects, and their former general manager was banned from baseball for life on Tuesday, the most significant penalties in an unprecedented punishment for what the league said was a three-year circumvention of international signing rules.

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...

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