Speculation: Jack Cust next Yankees’ DH?

jack-custThe Athletics are non-tendering RF/DH Jack Cust. Why should you care? Because this guy has serious power and I think he could be a good fit for the Yankees as a DH or bench player (to replace Eric Hinske).

He’s been fairly consistent over his last three years batting in the middle of the Athletics’ lineup. Here are his averages:

G AB 2B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG
140 572 18 28 83 103 182! .241 .378 .462

Please, notice the exclamation mark after his strikeout average. He’s led the American League in strikeouts in each of the last three years. But, along with all of those strikeouts comes a lot of walks. He led the league in 2008 with 111 free passes.

He reminds me a little of Nick Swisher, but with more strikeouts and more home runs. Thoughts?

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4 Responses to Speculation: Jack Cust next Yankees’ DH?

  1. nyyank55 says:

    If you are going to go with a full time DH then bring Matsui back and be done with it. At least the man can hit lefty's.

  2. No thanks to Cust, Dunn, and other strictly DH types with such drastic limitations. Cust is awful against lefties–18 HR, 55 RBI, .226/.353 in 416 career at-bats, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .221/.321 in 140 at-bats last season. I totally agree with nyyank55–if Matsui is willing to sign for the right money, and the Yankees don't like JD's terms, Matsui is not just an easy but the preferable option. Historically he mashes lefties and righties, he K's far less than Cust and Dunn, who shout "Steve Balboni" to me.

  3. Matt Imbrogno says:

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    Jason from The Heartland: No thanks to Cust, Dunn, and other strictly DH types with such drastic limitations.Cust is awful against lefties–18 HR, 55 RBI, .226/.353 in 416 career at-bats, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .221/.321 in 140 at-bats last season.I totally agree with nyyank55–if Matsui is willing to sign for the right money, and the Yankees don’t like JD’s terms, Matsui is not just an easy but the preferable option.Historically he mashes lefties and righties, he K’s far less than Cust and Dunn, who shout “Steve Balboni” to me.

    Throwing Adam Dunn in with either one of those guys is a huge disservice to Dunn. Seriously. Go look up the guy's numbers since '04. 40 HRs every year except this year (38) and 100+ walks each year. Lot's of strikeouts =/= bad player. Dunn backs up the strikeouts with extreme power and patience. Adam Dunn is very valuable.

    As for Cust–pass, unless he's one of the last few options on the table. Just about everything production wise has dropped in the last few years. I'd seriously consider talking Bonds out of retirement before getting too heavily in on Cust.

  4. I feel like between his age and the season he had just 2 years ago there will be a team out there that will make him a guaranteed starter. I might be wrong on that though. But if he thinks that way too, I feel like he won't take a job with the Yankees were his playing time might be a little less guaranteed, especially if he struggled.

    Or maybe as a lefty he might prefer to come here, thinking it could help him. I don't know.