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A’s may non-tender Jack Cust for second straight year

Dec 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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Last offseason the A’s non-tendered Jack Cust rather than pay him around $4 million via the arbitration process, only to re-sign him a month later for $2.6 million. And now Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Oakland may non-tender him again by tomorrow night’s deadline.

Cust was better in 2010 than he was in 2009, hitting .272 with a .395 on-base percentage and .834 OPS in 112 games, but his power has declined over the past two seasons and the A’s may want to invest the $4 million or so he’d likely be in line for in a different designated hitter option such as Lance Berkman.

Lee notes that Kevin Kouzmanoff and Edwin Encarnacion are also non-tender candidates, although presumably the A’s would keep one of them as the starting third baseman.

  1. apbaguy - Dec 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Kouz is the man, but non-tendering marginal players is a good way for lower payroll teams to save money. Non-tendering 3-4 guys might save $5M in total against the arbitration awards. That $ 5M can just about cover a bet on Berkman or somebody else, and the team still has the option to resign the marginal player like they did with Cust, who paid off for them last year in terms of value.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Cust would serve well on the Rays.

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