A’s may non-tender Jack Cust for second straight year

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Last offseason the A’s non-tendered Jack Cust rather than pay him around $4 million via the arbitration process, only to re-sign him a month later for $2.6 million. And now Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Oakland may non-tender him again by tomorrow night’s deadline.

Cust was better in 2010 than he was in 2009, hitting .272 with a .395 on-base percentage and .834 OPS in 112 games, but his power has declined over the past two seasons and the A’s may want to invest the $4 million or so he’d likely be in line for in a different designated hitter option such as Lance Berkman.

Lee notes that Kevin Kouzmanoff and Edwin Encarnacion are also non-tender candidates, although presumably the A’s would keep one of them as the starting third baseman.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.