A few notes around baseball on a slow day today:
The Oakland A's agreed to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Jack Cust on a one-year contract. Personally, I'm glad they did so without a prolonged process. I feel like arbitration is just a battleground where the only possible outcome is player-team relationship damage. Cust was earning 410k, and that figure is surely going to climb a few million. Any thoughts as to what his new salary will be?
(Edit: Cust signed for $2.8 Million. Cust figures to be worth ~ 3 WAR next season. On the market with a rate of $4.4m per win, Cust should cost $13.2m. Cust is still a ridonckulous bargain to the A's. Every day he plays makes Billy Beane look like one smart man).
Bud Selig has given the A's permission to "discuss a ballpark with other communities" if officials in Fremont, Calif., don't quickly approve a proposed new stadium. This gives the A's a possibility of moving to Santa Clara since the territorial rights will now be in the hands of Selig and not the Giants. Hopefully this gets done in a timely manner.
On an non-A's related note, the White Sox have now signed "Big Fat" Bartolo Colon to a one year deal. It would be nice to know the price, but if you assume he came in at a greatly discounted price, I don't see why the A's wouldn't have tried to sign him. He couldn't harm the rotation that much, as I'm sure he'd have a quick hook if he did.
Apparently, the Indians have signed Los Kirk (a.k.a. Kirk Saarloos) to a minor league deal. As an A's fan, I'm going to miss him. Good luck to ye, and I bid thee farewell.
Lastly, the Hardball Times put up an interesting article recently approxmating the value of a first round draft pick. I find this highly interesting as an A's fan since it helps us put a value on how much our protected pick would cost us when signing Orlando Cabrera. I really think that if we could get O Cab on a 2 year deal for 5-7 million per season, it would worth it. Of course, this is just one man's humble opinion, and there has been a lot of heated debate about that lately.