Braves sign Cuban OF Toscano to four-year deal, DFA Jose Constanza
The Atlanta Braves announced the addition of yet another outfielder to their active roster on Wednesday afternoon, making the deal with Cuban free agent Dian Toscano official.
The contract, which was formally confirmed by MLB, is a four-year major-league deal with a fifth-year club option in 2019.
The Associated Press reported the contract is worth $6 million
It includes a $1.2 million signing bonus payable 72 hours after he reports to major league spring training and salaries of $800,000 this year, $1 million in 2016, $1.3 million in 2017 and $1.5 million in 2018.
Atlanta has a $1.7 million option for 2019 with a $200,000 buyout.
Toscano, 25, will likely compete immediately for playing time in spring training alongside Braves outfielders Nick Markakis, B.J. Upton, Jonny Gomes, Eury Perez, Zoilo Almonte and other young players coming up through the farm system. The 5-foot-10 left-handed hitter last played for Villa Clara in Serie Nacional, considered the top league in Cuba, during the 2012-13 season, hitting .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances.
Toscano played left field for Villa Clara.
"We are very excited to come to terms with a player of Dian’s ability," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said in a statement. "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 active roster, the Braves designated long-time organizational outfielder Jose Constanza for assignment.
Constanza, 31, hit .273/.316/.323 in 240 career plate appearances for Atlanta, but he received just four at-bats last season. If Constanza clears waivers, as he is expected to, he’ll presumably add further outfield depth in the minors.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.