Astros Sign Jack Cust

WEDNESDAY, 11:17am: The Astros announced the non-guaranteed Major League deal, which is worth $600K.  They still need to clear a 40-man roster spot for Cust.

TUESDAY, 9:30pm: The Astros have agreed to sign Jack Cust, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. It's a one-year deal with a club option for 2013, Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle tweets. TWC Sports represents the corner outfielder/DH.

Cust, 33, averaged 28 homers and 103 walks with the A's from 2007-09, but his power numbers have since fallen off. If he regains his form in Houston, he could DH for the Astros in 2013, when the team moves to the American League West. Cust, who has a career UZR/150 of -22.4 as an outfielder, figures to pinch hit and play left and right in 2012.

Cust posted a .213/.344/.329 line with three home runs in 270 plate appearances for the Mariners in 2011, when he earned $2.5MM. The Mariners released him in August and the Phillies signed him soon afterwards. There was no reported interest in Cust earlier in the offseason.


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98 Comments on "Astros Sign Jack Cust"


CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 7 months ago

He got DFA’ed during the season and released, yet he gets a 2-year deal… I thought Ed Wade wasn’t the Astro’s GM anymore.

Alex
3 years 7 months ago

A very “meh” signing. Didn’t deserve two years.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

How in the world did he manage a 2 year deal…?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Two years?  Really?  Didn’t he get released last year?

3 years 7 months ago

  A guy who can’t catch the ball?  Houston doesn’t go to the AL till 2013 so why do they need a DH?

3 years 7 months ago

did ed wade get hired back?

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

Solid signing.

Jon Melton
3 years 7 months ago

Instant Contenders

jedicouncil
3 years 7 months ago

….for the first overall pick again, heard John Kruk is available too.

Fizzzay
3 years 7 months ago

Kruk is a career .300 hitter.

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 7 months ago

Not anymore. Lo_oL

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

2 years??

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

I hate disqus. Hate it, hate it, hate it!

OaklandFan22
3 years 7 months ago

hahahahha jack cust whatta joke

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Easy there. Cust was a pretty darn good hitter for you foolios.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 7 months ago

Darned foolios. (Where in the world do they say” foolios”?)

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Foolio

3 years 7 months ago

Their GM is weird, he traded half team to the Phillies and didn´t get Domonic Brown, now he´s signing Jack Cust!! I like Jack Cust, great guy, but he can´t hit, he can´t field, lots of K´s, he won´t hit in the AL WEST, hope it´s a 2 million deal for two years, but it´s still awful!

I´m a M´s fan and I saw him last year, he was terrible…

3 years 7 months ago

two different gms

Kevin Charity
3 years 7 months ago

Why, why, a thousand times, why???

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 7 months ago

Why not?

Os84
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sorry, but how in the hell did Jack Cust get a 2-year deal? 

TartanElk
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, sure. Why not?

feathers
3 years 7 months ago

The Astros showing their baseball knowledge off.

jedicouncil
3 years 7 months ago

tomorrow they will sign Mike Pagliarrulo to man the hot corner…..sweet moves, very shrewd signings

3 years 7 months ago

I’m confused. Dont’ we already Lee (one more year, finally), Shuck, Bourgeois, Schafer, Bogusevic, and Martinez? Why would we want to see Jack Cust loafing around out there?

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 7 months ago

Bench bat for 2012, DH for 2013. 

baseballa11
3 years 7 months ago

Cust power bat could have a break out year…DH in 2013 giving him value to trade for a prospect idk only thing i can think of

Hal_Jordan77
3 years 7 months ago

If he has a good first half, they may trade him at this year’s trade deadline. 

Shawnthemon
3 years 7 months ago

Houston’s plan at another #1 pick 

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

This is how teams deal in the Bizarro World…