Hart confirms pursuit of Cuban outfielder Toscano

Braves exec says agreement hasn't been reached

Hart confirms pursuit of Cuban outfielder Toscano

SAN DIEGO -- Braves president of baseball operations John Hart confirmed that the Braves are negotiating with Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano. But as he spoke with reporters early Monday evening, he said an agreement has not been reached.

"This is a player that our guys have looked at and we're getting close to doing something there," Hart said.

Toscano, 25, is seeking a Major League deal. Because he played five seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional, he would not count against Atlanta's international signing bonus allotment.

While it appeared the Braves and Toscano were nearing a deal on Monday, multiple industry sources indicated the two parties were still negotiating the financial structure of the contract offer.

Toscano is a left-handed contact hitter who would likely need to gain some Minor League seasoning before making the jump to the Majors. He has not been seen by many scouts because he never played in international events for the Cuban national team.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.