Prior to the start of the 2018 season, the Atlanta Braves front office went through a massive overhaul.
General manager John Coppolella's staff committed serious violations to the rules of signing international free agents, which ultimately earned Coppolella a lifetime ban from working in baseball.
And while the Braves are in the middle of a potential World Series run, they are unfortunately still in the news cycle for the mistakes made by the past regime. Early Friday, Jeff Passan dropped another bomb about their international transgressions.
From overnight: Sources tell Yahoo Sports a federal grand jury has been empaneled and FBI is investigating corruption in international baseball. Subpoenas were issued to an ex-Braves employee, those involved in Hector Olivera’s signing, among others. News: https://t.co/Eu44RQgx9y— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 28, 2018
After defecting from Cuba, Olivera signed a six-year $62.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers before being traded to the Braves.
*Braves win the World Series*— Scott Coleman (@scottcoleman55) September 28, 2018
*actually, John Coppolella killed seven people in an elaborate two-year plan to acquire Hector Olivera*
*the Braves have lost the World Series and are disqualified from baseball*
Olivera only appeared in 30 games with Braves, across two seasons, before being released by the club. He is still a free agent.
As the Braves enter the postseason behind the play of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the work of the former front office continues to plague this organization.