Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi tweets that the Mariners have aggred in principle to sign former Oakland DH Jack Cust to a one year contract that will pay him $2.5 million in 2011. The deal ends Cust’s four year stint in the other city on the other side of the bay but he stays in the AL West.
Cust fits the definition of a three true outcomes player. He walks, strikes out and hits home runs in bunches. Everything else is trivial to the slugging lefty.
Seattle’s historically poor offense in 2010 lacked players capable of getting on base and slugging the ball. Cust addresses both those needs, though his strikeouts will no doubt infuriate some fans, his talents should improve a pitiable offense.
Cust’s best season with the A’s came in 2007 when he put up a .256/.408/.504 batting line in 507 plate appearances. In 2008, he slipped some, but recorded a career best 33 home runs while also leading the American league in walks (111) and strikeouts (197). But his production tailed off to the point where he was designated for assignment to start the 2010 season. He recovered to hit .272/.395/.438 in 425 plate appearances after being recalled.
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