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Jack Cust gets start in left field vs. Cubs

Coco Crisp has a pretty outgoing personality, but nothing gets this guy more animated than watching “Price is Right.” His eyes were glued to the clubhouse TV screen this morning. He was clapping when he agreed w/a contestant’s move and burying his face in his hands when he didn’t like something. Entertaining stuff …

–Jack Cust draws a start in left field today vs. the Cubbies. If all goes as planned for the A’s, Cust will spend the majority of his time at DH. But how much has gone according to plan w/this team in recent seasons? Bob Geren wants him to get some defensive work in, and he’s said Cust is more likely to play left field than right field this season. Crisp isn’t playing outfield yet, so to get Crisp and Cust in the same game right now, Cust has to grab a glove.

The full A’s lineup:
Coco DH
Rajai CF
Suzuki C
Kouzmanoff 3B
Chavez 1B
Sweeney RF
Cust LF
Ellis 2B
Rosales SS

Anderson P

It’s the first time Crisp and Davis have been in the order together. Not sure this means Crisp will be the leadoff guy in regular season. We’ll see how Geren slots these two as the spring unfolds.

–The A’s have agreed to terms with all of their pre-arbitration players (guys w/less than three years of service time). It’s pretty standard practice this time of year, and just about all of these guys get their contracts renewed at close to the major league minimum ($400,000 last season).

It’s amazing that 29 players on the A’s 40-man roster fall in this pre-arbitration class. That helps explain why this team was willing to shell out $10 million for Ben Sheets — the majority of the roster is making right around the big league minimum.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • Son of Hendu

    I would rather see an 51 year old Rickey Henderson play left than Jack Cust and his Magellan impression. Yikes, it didn’t work last year. Just sit there on the bench Jackie and come up 3 times and give the fans the cool breeze you bring with that long swing of yours.

  • Bee Hylinski

    Amen, Son of Hendu. Keep Custie on the bench. If I had my way, I’d put his bats in his gear bag and send him packing. I breathed a sigh of relief when he was released this winter. No more predictable strikeouts with runners on base, I cheered. Too bad he didn’t stay released. And, get this, he could actually make more than his overpriced salary from last year, but that would mean he does well and earns all his incentives, which would be a good thing. I’m not holding my breath.