Braves officially sign Toscano

The Braves have officially signed Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano to a four-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Toscano’s deal includes a club option for the 2019 season.

To make room for Toscano on the 40-man roster, the Braves designated outfielder Jose Constanza for assignment.

Toscano, 25, posted a .356/.440/.452 slash line in Cuba’s Serie Nacional during the 2012-13 season. A left-handed hitter, Toscano is expected to begin this season in the Minors, tweets MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

“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 released by the team. “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.”

Constanza has played parts of four seasons with the Braves, appearing in 12 games in 2014.

–Austin Laymance

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