According to multiple reports on Twitter this morning the Tampa Bay Rays have signed Jack Cust to a rookie contract and have invited him to camp. Cust, 34, will likely compete for a DH position with the team and could potentially add some much needed power to the lineup if he can regain his form from 2007 through 2009 while a member of the Oakland Athletics.
Cust has bounced around the major leagues, playing with six teams during his career. He was a member of the A’s for the longest period of time, four years, and spent time as a member of the Seattle Mariners in 2011 while appearing in just 67 games. Seattle released him after he hit just three home runs and batted just .213. Cust appeared on the rosters of three teams last season, the Houston Astros, New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays but saw no major league action.
He possesses a large frame at 6-foot-one inch 250 pounds. Cust throws right handed but bats from the left side of the plate. From 2007-2009, Cust recorded 84 home runs and drove in 229 runs for the A’s His best season came in 2008 when he tagged 33 round trippers.
This is a low risk, high-reward style of move the Rays and manager Joe Maddon are famous for. If he can regain his form, he could prove to be a valuable piece of the puzzle for the Rays moving forward in 2013.