Phils sign Cust to minor league deal
August 12, 2011
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OF Jack Cust (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The Phillies have signed outfielder Jack Cust to a minor league contract today, pending a physical.
It was a move to add depth if the Phils need a late-season call up and power bat off the bench. Cust, a left-handed bat, has struggled all season. In 67 games with the Seattle Mariners, the 32-year-old is batting .213 with 23 RBI and three home runs.
Will Cust see the big league roster? I’m sure he will in September. But as for the post season, who knows. It all depends on if Cust can revert back his previous four seasons in Oakland when he hit a combined 97 homers.
Cust is a strikeout machine though, striking out 87 times in his 270 plate appearances this season. He also led the league in whiffs in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Ladies and gentelmen, I give you Matt Stairs, 2.0!