A's, DH Cust agree to deal

Updated: January 7, 2010, 9:25 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics agreed to a $2.65 million, one-year contract Thursday to bring back Jack Cust, giving the team some much-needed power in the middle of the order.

Cust is likely to be the club's primary designated hitter. General manager Billy Beane has been committed to upgrading Oakland's offense.

"I'm happy he's back," manager Bob Geren said in a telephone interview. "He led the team in homers the last three years and walks. He's been big part of our offense. ...

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