The last time this happened, things got fairly interesting.
And this time, if early rumors are true, there's an intriguing wrinkle to this particular set of violations, one that could impact another top NL team.
The rumor goes like this: per "rumblings" around the game, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in violation of the rules in the international free agent market, which could result in lost picks and heavy monetary penalties.
Hearing rumblings that Major League Baseball has found that the Los Angeles Dodgers are in violation of rules involving the international free agency market. There is word they will get penalized similar to what the Atlanta Braves received a year ago— Dan Federico (@DanJFederico) January 19, 2019
Atlanta, of course, lost bonus baby Kevin Maitan, too, who disappointed with the Angels in what was supposed to be a breakout 2018.
How could another team be impacted, though? Well, the Dodgers' Director of Player Development at that point was...Gabe Kapler, current Philadelphia Phillies manager.
Will be extremely interesting to see if Gabe Kapler was involved, which one person who I spoke with speculated. He was LAD's Director of Player Development in 2014 until he got the Phillies job. That would be a whole other story— Dan Federico (@DanJFederico) January 19, 2019
Several Braves, like GM John Coppolella, left the game following their infractions; the 39-year-old Coppy was banned for life after the incident.
If--and it's a BIG if--Kapler is involved, he's in danger of a permanent ban himself.
No word yet, of course, on whether these infractions are genuine or baseless. But if the rumblings prove accurate, the Dodgers will be in for an upheaval-filled offseason, and the Phillies aren't off the hot seat, either.