As you’re probably aware, Major League Baseball is investigating the Atlanta Braves for scouting and free agent signing infractions in Latin America. The Braves front office is in turmoil as a result of these infractions, with general manager John Coppollela and a top assistant getting fired and, according to some reports, threatening litigation. The team is currently being run by former GM John Hart on an interim basis. The club was denied permission to interview Royals general manager Dayton Moore to fill the vacancies. It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to jump ship to join the Braves at the moment, as it’s unclear what penalties they will be assessed by Major League Baseball. Yes, the club has a good farm system, but it’s not unreasonable to think that MLB will take away draft picks and, possibly, rescind the signings of one or more international free agents as punishment. Unless and until that’s cleared up, the Braves aren’t going to have a ton of great candidates to choose from to fill their GM vacancy.
The Braves continue to be in limbo as MLB investigates rules violations
Hardball Talk | Nov 9