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UPDATED: Jack Cust designated for assignment

Apr 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

cust posing in dugout.jpgUPDATE: Cust told Slusser on Sunday that he thinks the A’s made a bad move by giving up on him.  It sure sounds like he would rather move on to another club:

“I think it’s messed up,” Cust said. “They’re going to go on 50 at-bats
after three years of what I’ve done here? It’s ridiculous. A lot of
other guys have had bad springs. This is a joke. … The fact is, this team has no power and they’ve just released a guy
who (averaged 28 homers) the last three years. That’s amazing.”

Cust went 11-for-51 this spring (.216) with one home run and three RBI.

8:20pm: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has been all over the A’s news beat this afternoon and passes along this interesting tweet:

Cust to be designated. That’s what I’m hearing but
it’s not official by any means.

Slusser, of course, is talking about Jack Cust, the man who hit .240/.356/.417 last season with 25 home runs and 70 RBI and was re-signed to a $2.65 million contract this winter.  He lacks versatility and all, but it sure seems like the guy would be useful as a DH or late-innings pinch-hitter for Oakland this season.  If he is cast off, you can bet that a few teams will be phoning Athletics general manager Billy Beane.

  1. Mark R - Apr 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    I know the Rays’ are probably maxed out on payroll, but replacing Hank Blalock with Cust would be a hell of an upgrade.

  2. RedDevil - Apr 4, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Ive got to think that Cust would fit well in the Detroit DH/corner outfield hodgepodge with Guillen/ Ordonez/ Damon as a power lefty bat, and as insurance to make sure that Ordonez doesnt get enough at bats to meet his vesting option. Though there is no way that i see Dave Dombrowski actually getting this done. Which means Tigers fans will probably have the pleasure of watching a geriatric Magglio hitting .305 with no power eating up $18 mil worth of payroll in 2011, YAY!

  3. Athletic Supporter - Apr 4, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    Kansas City? Get rid of Jose Guillen?
    White Sox? Get rid of Andruw Jones?
    I gots to know!!!!

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