HOUSTON (AP) - Outfielder Jack Cust has agreed to a $600,000,
one-year contract with the Houston Astros after getting released by
Seattle and Philadelphia last year.
Cust's deal, announced Wednesday, includes a 2013 team option.
The 33-year-old hit .213 with three homers and 23 RBIs in 67
games for the Mariners, who released him on Aug. 4. The Phillies
signed him to a minor league contract eight days later, then cut
him on Aug. 21.
Cust has spent time at designated hitter, which the Astros will
need when they move to the American League in 2013.
He has 105 homers, 323 RBIs and 819 strikeouts in 670 big league