Yesterday, there were two big stories in the news cycle. The first was highly coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Otani tenatively set to make the jump to the majors next season. The latter was the official ruling on the Braves investigation.
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Atlanta lost 12 prospects, their 2018 third round pick, the rights to sign Robert Puason. Former general manager John Coppolella was also banned for life. This is a serious offense and clearly Major League Baseball decided not to fool around. Atlanta will also be capped at $10,000 per player in the 2019-20 offseason.
This is a big loss for a rebuilding Braves team but it also a sign for other clubs to not do what Atlanta did. These prospects from the Braves will be able to sign with new teams in the coming weeks. Due to the unusual circumstances, teams can dip into their 2018-2019 funds for these players.
More on Ohtani and the posting system: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that a tentative agreement was reached and added Ohtani can be posted as early as next Friday. Teams can bid up to $20 million and will then be able to negotiate with him and his agency.
Joe Morgan wrote a letter to baseball writers asking them to not let steroid users into the Hall-of-Fame.
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Talking Chop did a full review of the prospects lost from the Atlanta farm system.
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John Sheridan looks at who could be selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Mets.
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