ATLANTA, Ga. - The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with Cuban free-agent outfielder Dian Toscano on a four-year Major League contract through 2018, with a fifth-year club option for 2019. The deal was formally confirmed by Major League Baseball today and financial terms were not announced.
Toscano, 25, hit .356 with a .440 on-base percentage and a .452 slugging percentage during the 2012-13 season, when he played for Villa Clara in Cuba's Serie Nacional, considered the premier league in Cuba. He stands 5-foot-10 and bats left-handed.
"We are very excited to come to terms with a player of Dian's ability," said John Hart, Braves' president of baseball operations. "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 have designated outfielder Jose Constanza for assignment.