The Braves have forfeited 13 minor leaguers and multiple draft picks after violating Major League Baseball's rules pertaining to international signings, commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Tuesday.
All 12 players will become free agents. SS Kevin Maitan, who was ranked as the top international amateuer prospect by Baseball America in 2016, leads the list. The other players are Ji Hwan Bae, Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Brandol Mezquita, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Peña, Angel Rojas, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto, Antonio Sucre and Guillermo Zuniga.
All of the players will be required to find new agents.
Manfred further announced other instances of wrongdoing by the Braves. The team signed nine players in 2016-2017 who they would otherwise not be able to sign; agreed to sign six players with inflated bonuses; offered prospect Ji-Hwan Bae extra money; and paid agents extra money.
The Braves will lose a third-round pick in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft after breaking rules by offering benefits in an effort to get him at a lower price. The team ultimately never provided the benefits to the player.
MLB is banning the Braves from signing any international player for more than $10,000 in 2019-20 and their signing bonus pool in 2020-21 will be trimmed by 50 percent.
Former GM John Coppolella was banned from baseball on Tuesday and former Braves Special Assistant Gordon Blakeley was handed a one-year suspension.