Mar
28

Yankees sign Jack Cust

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Via Sweeny Murti, the Yankees have signed Jack Cust to a minor league contract. The Astros released the 33-year-old left-handed slugger just yesterday. He gives them some decent Triple-A insurance in case Raul Ibanez‘s bat speed continues to be measurable on the Molina scale. It’s also a pretty clear indication that Russell Branyan’s back isn’t getting better anytime soon.

Cust has hit .251/.379/.441 against right-handers over the last three years, though he’s a classic three-true outcomes type. Nearly 50% of his plate appearances since the start of 2009 have ended with a homer, a walk, or a strikeout (49.3% to be exact). Cust has negative defensive value, capable of faking left field and first base on the rarest of occasions. He’s a DH all the way. Chances are we’ll see him get a few at-bats before the end of camp next week.

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28 Comments»

  1. Mike HC says:

    Sweet. Seems like a good fit to me.

  2. Will says:

    JoVa is going to kill someone!

  3. Yankz1fan is not going to be too happy about this.

  4. I Live In My Mom's Basement says:

    Another shot by Cash at the decrepit vet dartboard, hoping to score a bullseye. Well, it did work out well in 2011…

  5. DM says:

    I guess I posted a day too soon.

  6. Murderers' Row Boat says:

    It’s JoeVa with an ability to actually see the strike zone.

  7. CJ says:

    Just one question for jack curry, is jack cust in good shape? Lose any weight? Have a new offseason fitness routine?

  8. Monterowasdinero says:

    Eating Raul’s contract.

    Tastes good at 1M.

  9. Manny's BanWagon says:

    At this point. why not throw a pile of shit at the wall and see what sticks. I’d like to see Cashman make a call to Barry Bonds while he’s at it.

  10. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Why not just bring back Matsui? I mean Jack Cust might cost them practically nothing, but Matsui has to be more productive, no?

    Raul…you are on the clock…..

  11. steve s says:

    FWIW I believe Cust is related to John Sterling (nephew?).

  12. BigLoving says:

    Jack Cust???? Gross.

    • thenamestsam says:

      Man that is really funny. I did not remember that. Also very typical early-2000s Yankees defense on display in that clip.

  13. savagemurph says:

    I WANT GODZILLA BACK!!!!!!!!

    • ROBTEN says:

      2010-2011:

      Cust: .249 /.376 /.395/ OPS+ 115 with wOBA of .371 and .307
      Matsui: .262 /.340/.415 OPS+ 108 with wOBA of .356 and .306

      Neither is going to light the world on fire anymore. At best, Cust is only guaranteed a minor league contract. Matsui would expect to play fairly regularly.

      There’s actually two apropos quotes from the philosopher Marsellus Wallace here:

      “You see, this profession is filled to the brim with unrealistic m$#%@#$%s. M$%@#$%@#$% who thought their ass would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don’t.”

      and, slightly modified for the situation:

      “you may feel a slight sting. That’s nostalgia f#$%#$% with you. F%$^% nostalgia. Nostalgia only hurts, it never helps”

  14. Fernando says:

    Yuck.

  15. AC says:

    Honestly guys what’s the tolerance level on Ibanez. If he hits how is is right now which ain’t much dies he make it out if April ?

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