In case you missed the news, the Yankees signed left-handed hitting OF/DH Jack Cust to a minor league deal yesterday. Cust is an interesting addition, and could be considered a possible replacement for Raul Ibanez if Ibanez continues to struggle. Cust was cut by the Houston Astros this spring after posting an Ibanez-esque .040/.200/.040 in 25 AB’s this spring. He posted a .213/.344/.329 triple-slash line in a limited role with Seattle in 2011.
Cust has made a career out of his excellent power and patience, though his inability to make consistent contact and mediocre defense hurt his value significantly. Cust put together some monster seasons earlier in his career with Oakland, including a wRC+ of 143 in 2007, and 130 in 2008. However, injuries and inconsistency derailed Cust’s major league career, and he has been reduced to fighting for a minor league contract.
Could Cust be a viable replacement for Ibanez? To determine this, it would be necessary to look at his performance against right-handed pitchers, since he would likely find himself primarily in the platoon DH role. … Click here to read the rest