Yankees Sign Veteran Jack Cust To Minor-League Deal

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Yankees have signed veteran Jack Cust to a minor-league deal, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports.

Cust, who will report to New York’s Triple-A affiliate, was cut on Tuesday by the Houston Astros. He’ll provide insurance mainly at DH, but also at first base and the corner outfield positions.

Cust has 105 career home runs, 97 of which came with the Oakland Athletics between 2007 and 2010. The 33-year-old New Jersey native sent three out of the park last season for the Seattle Mariners before his release in July.

The left-handed slugger was hampered by an elbow injury and went just 1 for 25 over 11 games this spring for Houston.

Also on Wednesday, MRI results on Curtis Granderson’s sore right elbow came back negative. He’s considered day to day.

Yankees fans, are you OK with giving Cust a look? Sound off below…

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  1. jack Groves says:

    They should have signed Johnny Damon during the winter and forget all the rest including Ibanez

  2. Diamond nation says:

    To all you negative individuals Cust is a perfect fit for the Yankees if he can get his swing back in gear right field has his name on it…I played at Immaculata with him he’s got supreme work ethic he has been working with Kevin Long for years long before he took the position with Yankees it’s a good fit and at end of the day it cost the Yankees virtually nothing

  3. richardpiperata says:

    I do not agree- Bring back Johnny I can here it now HERES JOHNNY FROM THE CROWD

  4. StevEvil Empire says:

    While I understand the Yankees trying to find a veteran fit like Cust, I wish they would think more about using Nunez and Maxwell, and when needed, let A-Rod rest as the DH.

    DJ is also gonna need time at DH. These guys need to stay healthy for the Yanks to have a chance this season at going all the way. And using younger and more atheletic players to spell them could help.

  5. AL Levenstein says:

    Why not? He can offer exactly what Johnny Mize (for you history buffs) gave the Yanks in the early 50s.

  6. tim g says:

    Yankee brass is nuts with Ibanez, Jones and Cust…..Nunez and Maxwell is enough. I would have signed Damon as a hitter over Ibanez…WTF are they thinking in NY they waist millions on BUMS and say they want to spend their money more wisely????

  7. Sammyb says:

    There has to have been a wide difference between what Damon wants and what Cust is willing to take … right?

    1. Roger Van Slyke says:

      I agree with Leon, I would have rather had Damon or Matsui.

  8. LEON BENJAMIN says:

    MATSUI OR DAMON WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER..

  9. LOU says:

    CUST IS HORRIBLE, WOULD HAVE MADE MORE SENSE WITH DAMON OR MATSUI….BOTH WOULD HAVE JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO PLAY ONCE AGAIN FOR THE BOMBERS….

  10. jimendy says:

    “Cust”s Last Stand” Cashman”s too if keeps this nonsense up.

  11. Jim C. says:

    He is a local kid from Jersey(Flemington). He and his father own and run The Jack Cust Baseball Academy. Supposedly teaching kids hitting. Maybe he can get Kevin Long in there to teach him how to swing the bat. He is not exactly a ringing endorsement for his own business. Not to worry, he will be history in a month and we will see Damon back in the Bronx

  12. Dave Leon says:

    He’s a Dave Kingman type…swing hard in case you hit it. He does not fit into the Yankese mold because he’s not patient at the plate. Maybe you can trade him to the Orioles for broadcaster Gary Thorne to replace that spaz Flaherty.

  13. BILL says:

    HE JUST GOT CUT BY THE WORST TEAM IN BASEBALL.
    WHERE’SSSSSSSSS JOHNNY

  14. Randy says:

    Jack Cust is dead meat. He was most recently a total bust for the Mariners. He looked terrible and struck out a lot. Maybe the Yanks are thinking a left handed power bat / short right field fence at Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately Cust is toast. This must be a look see since Cust hasn’t shown he is a big league bat
    for at least three years.

  15. Willie B says:

    Jack Cust hopefully will not bring us Dis Cust.

  16. Art says:

    We have “Chato” Vasquez in AAA why are we signing Cust???

  17. O says:

    Both Matsui and Damon were there and would come back for nothing. Plus, both having been part of the team for years there wouldn’t be any trying to fit in period for either one.

    1. Ann Charbonneau- Brannon says:

      I agree.

  18. STEVE says:

    JACK CUST HAS A BIG BAT. GIVE HIM A FAIR CHANCE. COULD HELP.

  19. bubba199 says:

    well if your going to give someone a look , he might as well be injured an batting 1 for 25 .040 ba. sounds like a plan to me !!!!

  20. Guy Kneebone says:

    No. He is not a Yankee type of hitter. It’s time to go out and get Johnny Damon!

  21. ERIC says:

    WHO THE HELL IS JACK CUST? HE MIGHT AS WELL BE JACK SPRACK

  22. Al says:

    Oh no, another retrad that can’t hit. Johnny Damon is a better solution.

  23. Richard Bergman says:

    No. I am not satisfied. Should have signed Johnny Damon in the first place. Great in the clubhouse. Hits right and left hand pitchers. Takes loads of pitches. Plus, he is a winner.

    I say give Raul a chance since they already committed to him, but, if May comes around and he is not doing the job, bring in Johnny if he is available.

    1. YankeeFan 13 says:

      I agree with you. Damon was the better choice right from the beginning. Thought the Yankees wanted to save money…

    2. Dave Leon says:

      I agree with you, but the Yankees say Johnny is a liability in the field, and that’s why they went with Ibañez. But, as you say, let’s see what Raul does in the first few months. I think Ibañez will be fine; he won’t take a huge fall to merit his release. But can he adjust to being a full-time DH and hardly playing the field? I doubt Damon would have that problem.

  24. Greg Weldon says:

    ABSOLUTELY … he was done wrong by Billy Beane in Oakland, who, after three great seasons of power hitting, attempted to change Jack’s swing, to one of a contact hitter, and then, when he did not immediately respond, statistically, the A’s shipped him to the minors. He was not the same, in the next two years, ending in Seattle last season, where his numbers were, admittedly, not good.

    But, after reviewing tapes of his first three seasons in Oakland this past offseason, he went to spring training early this year, and was working on shifting his swing back to its original, successful ‘plane’. Unfortunately, he subsequently hurt his elbow, and had been ‘limited’ during his 2012 time with the Astros

    Jack has plenty of “gas” left in the tank.

    I think this is a PERFECT move, and frankly I was hoping the Yanks would sign him on the offseason. Letting his start in AAA, to get healthy, and back on track, will prove to have been a prescient move, when he is bashing homers at Yankee Stadium in the playoffs this October.

    You heard it here first !!!

    1. Roger Cousin says:

      WHY?? With Johnny still available and ready?? Are they kidden??
      Arizona Roger

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