Braves agree to $6 million, 4-year deal with Toscano
Published 8:00 am Friday, January 30, 2015
ATLANTA (AP) — Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $6 million, four-year contract
The 25-year-old, a left-handed hitter, batted .356 during the 2012-13 season for Villa Clara in Cuba.
His deal, announced Wednesday, 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.
The Braves are rebuilding their outfield after trading Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis.
Nick Markakis was signed to replace Heyward in right field. Other newcomers include Zoilo Almonte and Eury Perez and Jonny Gomes. B.J. Upton returns in centerfield.
To make room for Toscano on the 40-man roster, outfielder Jose Constanza was designated for assignment.