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Braves lose 13 players, ex-GM banned

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ATLANTA (AP) The Braves lost 13 prospects and former general manager John Coppolella was banned for life by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for circumventing international signing rules from 2015-17.

Former Atlanta special assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team's international scouting chief, was suspended from baseball for one year by Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Sanctions imposed by Manfred leave the Braves unable to bargain at full strength for a top Latin American prospect until 2021.

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Ausmus joins Angels as special assistant

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Former Detroit manager Brad Ausmus has joined the Los Angeles Angels as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.

The Angels announced the move Wednesday.

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Phillies add Guerrero as assistant

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have added Pedro Guerrero as assistant hitting coach.

The 28-year-old Guerrero was a bench coach the past two seasons for the Ogden Raptors, the rookie-level affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A former infielder, Guerrero played in the Dodgers' minor league system between 2006-13.

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Morgan asks Hall voters to ban PED users

Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan is urging voters to keep "known steroid users" out of Cooperstown.

A day after the Hall revealed its 33-man ballot for the 2018 class, the 74-year-old Morgan argued against the inclusion of players implicated during baseball's steroid era in a letter to voters with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The letter from the vice chairman of the Hall's board of directors was sent Tuesday using a Hall email address.

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Ohtani likely to be up for bid next week

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball, its players' union and the Japanese commissioner's office agreed Tuesday to a new posting system that could allow star pitcher-outfielder Shohei Ohtani to be put up for bid next week, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The agreement is still not in writing and must be ratified by Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the person said on condition of anonymity because no comments were authorized.

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5 minor leaguers suspended for drugs

NEW YORK (AP) Five minor league pitchers have been suspended for drug violations.

The commissioner's office announced the penalties Tuesday.

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Angels name Paul bench coach

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Josh Paul has been named the Los Angeles Angels' bench coach.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced the move Tuesday.

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O's get Rockies P Wade for slot money

BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have acquired minor league pitcher Konner Wade from the Colorado Rockies for $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation.

Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette confirmed the deal Wednesday.

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Cubs' Venable moving to first base coach

CHICAGO (AP) Will Venable is leaving the Chicago Cubs front office to be their first base coach.

The former major league outfielder was hired last summer as a special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

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