As first reported to OA two days ago by MLB reporter Nick Hamelin, the Orioles are interested in 35-year old free agent outfielder Jack Cust. Cust had a brief go-around with the Orioles in 2003-04, hitting 4 home runs for the O’s in ’03.
#Orioles have shown interest in OF/DH’s Delmon Young and Jack Cust. Looking to sign them to a Minor League deal with invite to ST.
— Baseball Report (@NickHamelinMLB) January 13, 2014
Baltimore signed Young yesterday, and gave him an invitation to Spring Training along with a minor-league deal. Cust, too, had a workout with the O’s, and hopes to regain his form as a Major Leaguer for the first time in three years.
Cust has appeared for six major league teams since his 2001, his rookie year. He was on the 2001 Diamondbacks roster, appearing in 3 games for the eventual World Series champs. Cust’s best success came between 2007-2010 in Oakland, where he was the consummate money-baller. He hit just .247 as an A, but got on base at a .381 clip, and showed some pop, hitting 26, 33, and 25 homers between ’07-’09. Another classic moneyball feat by Cust occurred in 2008, when he led the American League in both walks (111) and strikeouts (197).
Cust last appeared in the Majors in 2011 for Seattle. Since then, he’s been in the Phillies, Astros, Yankees, Blue Jays, and Rays’ organizations, but has not cracked a MLB roster. Here at OA, though, we know Cust’s last stand is still ahead. The O’s would be wise to take a flyer on the 35-year-old Cust, who’s hungry for one last go-around in the Majors.