Yankees Sign Jack Cust

The Yankees have signed Jack Cust to a minor league contract, reports Sweeny Murti of WFAN (on Twitter). Last night we heard that the TWC Sports client was likely to sign with an NL team, but the Yankees apparently swooped in.

Cust, 33, was released by the Astros yesterday. He posted a .213/.344/.329 line with three home runs in 270 plate appearances for the Mariners in 2011, when he earned $2.5MM. However, the left-handed hitter averaged 28 homers and 103 walks with the A's from 2007-09. Cust gives the Yankees some left-handed hitting DH insurance in Triple-A in case Raul Ibanez doesn't work out.

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  1. Runtime 3 years ago

    Well… this definitely looks like an NL team…

  2. Yankees aren’t an NL team.

  3. NL dodged a bullet here!

  4. “His swing will play great with that short porch”

    • randomkeys 3 years ago

      Why is no other outfield wall ever referred to as a porch except the one in Yankee Stadium?

      • headsupkid01 3 years ago

         Minute Maid Park.

        • Amish_willy 3 years ago

          Yeah, petco has a porch in RF, and it’s even referred to that too.

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      Apparently everyone’s swing goes great with that porch

      • MaineSox 3 years ago

        My swing goes pretty great on my porch.  Wait.  Is that not what you meant?

  5. ObamaDinoKiller 3 years ago

    Have phun with him

  6. Mike1L 3 years ago

    Somewhere in America, Johnny Damon is rolling his eyes….

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      Damon has been chasing pie-in-the-sky money for three years now and having to settle for market salary. I wonder what Boras will tell him when the season opens and Damon’s at home?  He should have taken $3MM when it was on the table.

  7. hardwired7 3 years ago

    Makes sense: insurance move in case Ibanez continues to look like he’s ready to file for his AARP card.

  8. angels4life 3 years ago

    That’s a lot of insurance for the DH spot with already Ibanez, Jones, Branyan and to a certain extent players like Chavez and Bill Hall plus infielders such as Teixeira, A-Rod and Jeter likely serving throughout the season to let Nunez play some time. (yes I do know that Branyan and Bill Hall are signed on a minor league deal)

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       I would take the non fielding Cust, with potential power and high K rate bat over awful bat Hall, who can stand like a statue at every position, strike out 1 every 3 times at the plate and flat out can’t hit period any day for the slightest chance to make any MLB team.

      Hall couldn’t go to Japan and make a team.

      • RudyMay45 3 years ago

        You’re not exactly a Bill Hall fan, are you?

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          Not after watching him act as if he was wearing concrete shoes at every position he attempted to play in Boston for a season, strike out once every 3 times at the plate, hit 18hr in meaningless situations and to top it off? be one of Francona’s pets the team wouldn’t release.

          Nah.. I am not a Billy Hall fan…

  9. Andrew Steven 3 years ago

    Totally an NL team, totally!

  10. ctownboy 3 years ago

    In a move only the Yankees know is coming, Bud Selig is going to announce on April 1, that ALL NL teams are going to have to have a DH (you know, for the best interest of the game and all).  The National League teams are going to think this is a prank until they receive a second notice from Selig about this on April 2.

    Once the NL teams see that Selig is serious about this there is going to be a mad scramble by teams to get “proven” Designated Hitters and the Yankees are going to be there ready and waiting to cash in on this new market inefficiency. 

  11. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Hasn’t there already been enough of this rubbish written here about him headed to an NL team? it was a *rumor* not fact. Everything does not play out as these writers predict.

  12. atlantaspike 3 years ago

    Waiting for the “I was wrong, and I really had no source” tweet.

    Still waiting.

    Any minute now….

  13. RudyMay45 3 years ago

    Maybe the Yanks should have found the “extra” money needed to sign Johnny Damon.

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      Damon’s going to have to PAY the Yankees to take him back. He was asking for $5MM during the winter and the Yanks didn’t even make an effort to counter the offer and went with Ibanez instead. That they signed Cust tells you what and how they think of Damon.

      Edit: I like your Avatar, Rudy ‘The Beauty’ May was one of my favorite Yankees.
      He wasn’t on the team long, but I loved him out of the Bullpen

      • RudyMay45 3 years ago

        Thanks.  In his magical 1980 season (15-5, 2,47 ERA), he had the best curve-ball I’ve ever seen, bar none.  The next season, it just disappeared.  But he was lethal both as a starter and out of the pen.

  14. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    Hasn’t done much of anything lately, but Cust was definitely one of the most underrated hitters in baseball in Oakland.

  15. Jason Champion 3 years ago

    The overweight lover heavy C.  

  16. Slopeboy 3 years ago

    Calling Mr. Ibanez, calling Mr. Ibanez…this is your wake up call…  We know it’s only spring training but, an .079 batting Avg is never good, even if the games don’t count.

  17. mattinglyfan 3 years ago

    Now going into Positive Fan Mode: This is the best pudgy hitter the Yankees have signed since Babe Ruth!

  18. You might want to look through yesterday’s MLBTR headlines about Jack Cust.

  19. ellisburks 3 years ago

    The headline was that he was going to an NL team. Chris was just extrapolating from that. It was not an insult to the Yankees.

  20. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    Wow. I love when people are nasty towards others when in fact those people are right.

  21. chico65 3 years ago

    Now Sox fans won’t be the only cust at Yankee stadium.

  22. SSHM 3 years ago

    You completely missed his point. He was not saying the Yanks look like an NL team by signing Cust. He was merely pointing out how wrong that report it. Before you begin attacking people’s comments you may want to read up on the latest news and be well informed.

  23. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    link to mlbtraderumors.com

    Your medichlorian count must be low today, Yoda.

  24.  They are saying it sarcastically since there was a report yesterday saying Cust signed with a NL team

  25. JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

    Sarcasm on the internet exists!?

  26. chico65 3 years ago

    A sarcastic comment about sarcasm?  Easy now, you’ll blow Yoda’s mind.

  27. scrody13 3 years ago

     Of course sarcasm exists on the internet! What are you some sort of… oh. right.

  28. Tko11 3 years ago

    The point is the Yankees are not an NL team. Yesterday’s headline was that Jack Cust WAS going to an NL team. He was making a joke of the headline.  

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