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Friday, August 12, 2011

Yahoo: Phillies sign Cust to minor-league deal

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a minor-league deal with Jack Cust.

Cust, a left-handed hitting outfielder, was released by Seattle earlier this month after hitting .213 with three homers and 23 RBIs in 225 at-bats. He’ll be assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
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Cust is a career .242 hitter with 105 homers and 323 RBIs in 10 seasons with six teams.

NTNgod Posted: August 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The George Sherrill Selection Posted: August 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM (#3898909)
Cust, a left-handed hitting outfielder,

One out of three ain't bad.
   2. jwb Posted: August 12, 2011 at 11:35 PM (#3898927)
Ross Gload checks for his duffel bag at the bottom of the closet in his condo. . .
   3. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: August 12, 2011 at 11:50 PM (#3898934)
10 years? That puts him on the HOF ballot, right?
   4. JRVJ Posted: August 12, 2011 at 11:52 PM (#3898936)
Way back when the Phils resigned Contreras, I said that that was the type of low cost move that a team like the Phillies (which have now reached the level of a MLB super power, akin to the Yankees and Red Sox) should make every day of the week and twice on sunday.

I think that's the case with these small time signings at the AAA level.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: August 12, 2011 at 11:58 PM (#3898941)
10 years? That puts him on the HOF ballot, right?

Eligible but he's got to make it past the committee to get on the ballot. By then there's a good chance that the BBWAA will have admitted algorithms like PECOTA so maybe he'll get one vote.

I assume Cust is around as a possible "injury" replacement for the WS bench.
   6. bookbook Posted: August 13, 2011 at 12:48 AM (#3898964)
If you need a pinch hitter to get on first at the top of the inning and then go out for a pinchrunner (anyone, even a pitcher will do), then - yeah - he can help.

If you need power or rbi production, he'd need a couple months of playing every day to try and refind that stroke.
   7. Rally Posted: August 13, 2011 at 02:18 AM (#3899022)
If you need a pinch hitter to get on first at the top of the inning and then go out for a pinchrunner (anyone, even a pitcher will do), then - yeah - he can help.


A 245 pound Eddie Gaedel?
   8. Ron J Posted: August 13, 2011 at 02:27 AM (#3899032)
#5 you say it like it's a bad thing.

Gary Huckabay's projection system kept trying to give Barry Bonds 900 plate appearances. That was in the mid 90s. I think we know how Vlad would have voted (if he hadn't been lost in Gary's house fire that is)
   9. Ron J Posted: August 13, 2011 at 02:30 AM (#3899037)
#5 And possible DH option. I assumed that their plan for the World Series was Brown in left with Ibanez DHing (making them unusually well prepared for an NL team these days. Some of the DH options have not been pretty). This does give them another option.
   10. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: August 13, 2011 at 02:56 AM (#3899057)
#9 - I immediately thought of that possibility too. He'll look mighty good up there against....ahhh....well. Shoot. He might not be better than Ibanez at this point...

[Edit] - after looking at BBREF - yeah, Cust is probably a better option than Ibanez vs. a righty on the mound. But it's close. Injury insurance seems more likely after all.
   11. franklloyd Posted: August 13, 2011 at 07:57 PM (#3899340)
Watching Cust struggle for 270 PAs in Seattle was ugly. The Ks and BBs remain, but the power is gone. Cust had ZERO sac flies with Seattle!!
   12. Greg K Posted: August 13, 2011 at 08:23 PM (#3899344)
Cust had ZERO sac flies with Seattle!!

Have the Mariners got a man on third yet this season?
   13. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 13, 2011 at 09:16 PM (#3899357)
Cust is probably a better option than Ibanez vs. a righty on the mound. But it's close. Injury insurance seems more likely after all.

Can't see it happening. Uncle Chollie is a loyal man and Ibanez has some special hold on UC -- even with a VG defensive replacement in John Mayberry, Jr., Ibanez has not been replaced defensively in any game.

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