Skip to content

Mariners sign A’s castoff Jack Cust to one-year contract

Dec 8, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT


Jack Cust was non-tendered by the A’s last week, but Jon Paul Morosi of reports that he’ll remain in the AL West and sign a one-year contract with the Mariners worth $2.5 million in base salary.

Cust has seen his power numbers decline in three straight seasons, but he remains a walk machine who gets on base at a good clip despite low batting averages and tons of strikeouts.

Among all hitters with at least 400 plate appearances this year Cust ranked 10th in baseball with a .395 on-base percentage and his .834 OPS would’ve been the highest on the Mariners by nearly 100 points.

He’s a flawed player whose production has dipped a bit, but Cust is certainly a very solid designated hitter option on an inexpensive one-year commitment and the Mariners’ lineup can obviously use all the help it can get. He’ll likely hit under .250 in Seattle and the signing won’t look so good if Cust ends up seeing significant action in the field, but he’ll draw a ton of walks, post an OBP among the AL leaders, and smack 20-plus homers.

  1. clydeserra - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    You who needs a cheap DH? The A’s.

  2. apbaguy - Dec 8, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    The key phrase is “his production has declined in each of the last 3 years.” So how do we expect him to perform in an even more pitcher friendly park?

    Still, he’s an upgrade for Seattle. Now that’s sad.

    The A’s have money to spend. Nobody wants it. By Spring they’ll have spent it on somebody, presumably someone who could at one time hit a baseball. Whether they can do it anymore will be an open question.

    • mtner77 - Dec 8, 2010 at 10:26 PM

      “Still, he’s an upgrade for Seattle. Now that’s sad.”

      Very sad!

      Last year the M’s started the season with an aging Ken Griffey Jr. and an aging Mike Sweeney as DH’s.

      The upside: This IS an upgrade over last year.

      The downside: To be better than KGJ or Sweeney at this stage of their career is roughly equivalent to being the finest ski jumper in all of Equador.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. B. Crawford (2761)
  2. Y. Puig (2430)
  3. C. Correa (2394)
  4. G. Stanton (2368)
  5. G. Springer (2275)
  1. H. Pence (2195)
  2. J. Hamilton (2093)
  3. M. Teixeira (1884)
  4. H. Ramirez (1874)
  5. J. Fernandez (1857)