HOUSTON, TX - The Astros have agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with free agent outfielder Jack Cust, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today.
The deal is worth 600,000 and includes a club option for the 2013 season. The Astros will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for Cust.
The 33-year-old Cust, who was with the Seattle Mariners in 2011 before being released in August, has been a productive offensive player in his Major League career with 105 home runs, 323 RBI, 444 walks and a .374 on-base percentage in 670 big league games.
The majority of his Major League career has been with Oakland, where he played for four seasons (2007-10). While in Oakland, Cust averaged 28 home runs and 103 walks per season for a three-year span from 2007-09. In 124 games in 2007, he hit .256 with 25 home runs, 82 RBI and 105 walks while posting career highs in on-base percentage (.408), slugging (.504) and OPS (.912). In 2008, he reached career highs in hom...