The Braves will lose their rights to highly regarded prospect Kevin Maitan, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter), as part of the punishment for international signing violations. Other members of the 2016-17 July 2 class are also expected to be stripped from the organization, others have reported, with additional penalties perhaps also yet to be assessed. While the full scope of the punitive measures remains to be seen, the Braves obviously stand to be hit hard for the amateur infractions that occurred during the regime of president of baseball operations John Hart and GM John Coppolella. Those two executives have departed already (see here and here). Newly minted GM Alex Anthopoulos will still have plenty of talent to work with, but the cupboard of young talent won’t be quite as stocked as the organization had hoped when it snapped up an impressive group of international free agents — evidently, through illicit means.
Braves Will Forfeit Rights To Prospect Kevin Maitan
MLB Trade Rumors | Nov 21