Welcome To Seattle Jack Cust
According to Susan Slusser, the M’s have signed erstwhile Athletics ‘LF’. Cust was non-tendered last week by Oakland.
Shannon Drayer’s reporting Slusser’s report, and now I am pointing to Drayer’s report of Slusser’s report.
Dave went over Cust in his post a few days ago, so the same caveats about his 2010 season (and his .371 wOBA) apply. He’s clearly a guy who can hit, but he’s now seen his ISO and HR/FB drop 3 straight years. If the team follows Dave’s advice and platoons him with Bradley, his ISO might even recover a bit. Still, even without a platoon-based recovery, a 15% walk rate and a Michael-Saundersish ISO isn’t terrible. On this team, it adds up to clear improvement.