Jack Cust reportedly set to rejoin A’s

Is it insane to be blogging this late? Yes, but such is the nature of round-the-clock journalism these days …

Multiple outlets are reporting that Jack Cust will be called up from Triple-A Sacramento and join the A’s for Saturday’s game against the Angels. CSN Bay Area’s Mychael Urban was first to break the news. The A’s offense is starting to resemble the punchless unit we’ve seen for much of the past few seasons, so some sort of shake-up is needed. Cust’s stats were decent for Sacramento — not great. He hit .273 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 110 at-bats. He had 33 walks and 33 strikeouts and a strong .444 on-base percentage.

Where does Cust fit in considering that Eric Chavez is already on the roster as a left-handed DH option? I don’t see the A’s releasing Chavez at this point and eating his contract. I’d expect to see Cust get time in the outfield. He’s played right field the past few days for Sacramento, but he’d probably fit best in left field for the A’s. He’s not a very good defensive option out there, we all know. But right now the A’s will sacrifice the defense to get some power in the lineup. They’ll have to clear a spot to get him on the 40-man roster, and they’ll have to clear two spots on the 25-man roster for him and right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who will be activated to start Saturday’s game. With nine relievers currently on the roster, it seems logical that two would be sent out to open spots.

I know Cust was a popular punching bag the past couple of seasons for people frustrated with the A’s offensive woes. I’m curious how his return would strike you now. Do you expect him to have a positive impact?

Joe Stiglich

  • Andy K

    About time. The current LF options are not good either (Fox or Patterson), and I’ll take Custs OPS, even with the Ks.

  • Joe

    It shouldn’t be shocking that the offense is struggling given that they weren’t going to be great anyway and they are without four regulars at the moment.

  • go A’s

    Cust is an effective hitter, and also draws quite a few BB’s. With his high OBP – even when Cust is hitting .240 – he is comparable to a .290-.300 hitter.

  • Matt Mottashed

    NO NO NO Cust sucks, he his awful in outfield bring up Michael Talyor and Chris Carter. Get rid of Patterson and Fox they both suck bring up these rookies to see what they got.

  • Evan

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Mike Gallego get some at bats . . . . And I’m still hearing Ricky Henderson has a little bit left in the tank. Jose Canseco is probably just a phone call away !!!!
    Maybe some veteran leadership is just what this young club needs.

    That and another BobbleHead Day.

  • Nodaclu

    I celebrated when he was cut.

    I was distraught when he reported to Sacramento, because I knew this day would come.

    My greatest fears came true last night in his first came back. A ridiculous drop in left field, followed by a later catch that he laughed about with the Angles fans in left field.

    At this point, I’d rather rush Chris Carter than watch this tired old act again. In fact, it’s very unlikely that I’ll watch any games in which he plays from this point forward. The only other player I’ve ever said that about was Barry Bonds. That’s how much I don’t want to see this guy on the roster.

    I’d rather see the A’s go 0-122 the rest of the way than watch one single game of Jack Cust in an A’s uniform.