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Jack Cust Is Hopping Mad About Losing His Job

Yesterday, Jack Cust was designated for assignment so that Eric Chavez could become Oakland's everyday DH. How is Cust taking it? Not so well.

"I think it's messed up," Cust said in a phone interview with The Chronicle after leaving the stadium. "They're going to go on 50 at-bats after three years of what I've done here? It's ridiculous. A lot of other guys have had bad springs. This is a joke.

"The fact is, this team has no power and they've just released a guy who (averaged 28 homers) the last three years. That's amazing."
"I've busted my butt for them for three years, and I played sporadically this spring and they leave it until the day before the regular season to do this, like they didn't know what was going on before? And with Coco (Crisp) on the DL (broken pinkie) - I'm not good enough to be one of the 25 guys?"

It might sound like sour grapes, but it's hard to blame Cust for his reaction - his .216 batting average this spring is hardly different from Chavez's .234, and Cust's OPS over the past three years is .840, while Chavez comes in at .708 - over 121 games.

The A's, of course, feel like giving the former franchise icon Chavez one last chance to prove himself, but to give him that chance at Cust's expense is a curious move, to say the least.