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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Dibs...

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    Man, there is a lot of hype for this kid. The Japanese Babe Ruth? Wow. No pressure....

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    It's really happening
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    I need Otani in my Yankee life!

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    He won't be a Yankee. Ill bet anyone on that.

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    Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella, who oversaw the construction of baseball's top-rated farm system, has resigned amid an investigation into whether the franchise circumvented international signing rules.

    The Braves announced Coppolella's resignation Monday, citing a "breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market."

    Coppolella's surprising resignation came just two years and one day after he was promoted to GM and signed a four-year contract. John Hart, the Braves' president of baseball operations, will perform GM duties until the team hires a replacement for Coppolella.

    Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that MLB discovered the breach of international signing rules as part of a much larger investigation of the Braves and Coppolella, including the Atlanta's domestic draft practices and Coppolella's treatment of team employees.

    "Major League Baseball is investigating the matter with our full cooperation and support," Hart said in a statement. "We will not be issuing any further comment until the investigation is complete."

    Gordon Blakely, the Braves' special assistant to the GM, also will resign, according to the Athletic.
    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2...-signing-rules

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    Wow. Yikes.

    This is a big story.
    Equally as calm as ClownPickle ~(+/- 1)

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Was Gordon Blakely the guy who worked with Mark Newman in the Yankees organization years ago?

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Blakely was in the Yankees organization for 20+ years in various capacities.

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

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    Sources: MLB is investigating Atlanta's signing of top prospect Kevin Maitan. If improprieties are found, he could be declared a free agent.

    Longer story by Passan:

    https://sports.yahoo.com/john-coppol...230643724.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BomberBrian View Post
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    Sources: MLB is investigating Atlanta's signing of top prospect Kevin Maitan. If improprieties are found, he could be declared a free agent.

    Longer story by Passan:

    https://sports.yahoo.com/john-coppol...230643724.html
    Oh heck yeah, he'd be a nice get to add to the system.

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    Oh wow, I knew it involved bundling, but didn't have any idea it had Maitan at the epicenter! That would be complete insanity if he was declared a FA!
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    lol get acuna too

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    Quote Originally Posted by BomberBrian View Post
    Jeff Passan
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    Sources: MLB is investigating Atlanta's signing of top prospect Kevin Maitan. If improprieties are found, he could be declared a free agent.

    Longer story by Passan:

    https://sports.yahoo.com/john-coppol...230643724.html
    While the long-term fallout of Coppolella’s actions remains unclear, the focus of MLB’s investigation narrowed in recent days to the bundling of international amateur signing bonuses to circumvent spending restrictions, according to sources. The scope of the Braves’ scheme remains unclear, but a source familiar with it deemed it “significantly bigger” than a similar one employed by the Boston Red Sox in the 2015-16 signing period. To skirt rules that limited them to signing players for a maximum $300,000 bonus, Boston overpaid for bonuses on lesser players represented by the same buscon, or trainer, of more highly regarded players, to whom extra money was funneled. The five players signed in the scheme were declared free agents, and the Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for a year.
    Wow....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snatch Catch View Post
    Oh wow, I knew it involved bundling, but didn't have any idea it had Maitan at the epicenter! That would be complete insanity if he was declared a FA!
    Braves sub over at Reddit were speculating that they basically did some shady things to avoid going into the penalty so they could sign Maitan in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teknetic View Post
    Braves sub over at Reddit were speculating that they basically did some shady things to avoid going into the penalty so they could sign Maitan in the first place.
    I suspect it's more than that if it's 'significantly bigger' than what the Red Sox did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kan_t View Post
    I suspect it's more than that if it's 'significantly bigger' than what the Red Sox did.
    Well, yea, it kinda has to be. Maitan was the biggest fish whereas the Sox just lost a bunch of nobodies when they were punished for it.

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Coppollela was also with the Yanks years ago, and might be a good replacement if Denbo is leaving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzah! View Post
    Coppollela was also with the Yanks years ago, and might be a good replacement if Denbo is leaving.
    According to Passan, he's a complete assh*le, and many people in the industry we're taking delight in the whole situation today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzah! View Post
    Coppollela was also with the Yanks years ago, and might be a good replacement if Denbo is leaving.
    He might be one of the reasons why the Yankees cleared house few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzah! View Post
    Coppollela was also with the Yanks years ago, and might be a good replacement if Denbo is leaving.

    Then again, the dislike for Coppolella extends far and wide – some of it from baseball lifers who wondered how a Notre Dame graduate with no playing experience wound up in a GM chair at 36 years old, some from those who disliked the fashion in which he did it, relentlessly networking and trying to leverage himself into jobs through media contacts. Coppolella worked in the New York Yankees’ player-development system before joining Atlanta in 2006. He steadily ascended through the baseball-operations department, and upon the firing of Wren, with whom he butted heads, positioned himself as the heir apparent.
    Dude's a snake. Hard pass.

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Quote Originally Posted by BomberBrian View Post
    Blakely was in the Yankees organization for 20+ years in various capacities.


    Thanks. I thought it was the same guy.

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Quote Originally Posted by kan_t View Post
    He might be one of the reasons why the Yankees cleared house few years ago.


    Good point. I hope the Yankees distance themselves from bringing him in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kan_t View Post
    He might be one of the reasons why the Yankees cleared house few years ago.
    I saw that after I posted. Pass.

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