Braves announce 4-year deal for Toscano

Atlanta, GA ( – The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with
Cuban free-agent outfielder Dian Toscano on a four-year major league contract
with a club option for 2019.

The deal was formally confirmed by Major League Baseball on Wednesday and
financial terms were not announced.

Toscano hit .356 with a .440 on-base percentage and a .452 slugging percentage
during the 2012-13 season for Villa Clara in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, considered
the premier league in Cuba.

“We are very excited to come to terms with a player of Dian’s ability,” said
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. “As we look to add depth to
our organization, the international market is very important to us and
expanding our search into Cuba is a significant step.”

To make room for Toscano on the 40-man roster, the Braves designated
outfielder Jose Constanza for assignment. Constanza received just four at-bats
with Atlanta in 2014.