A’s Don’t Offer Deals To Cust, Buck, Encarnacion

OAKLAND (AP) ― The Oakland Athletics are not offering contracts to designated hitter Jack Cust, outfielder Travis Buck and third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, making them all free agents.

Cust hit .272 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs in 112 games last season. He added 68 walks for a .395 on-base percentage. Buck batted just .167 in 14 games.

Encarnacion was claimed by the A’s off waivers from Toronto last month. He batted .244 with 21 homers and 51 RBIs with the Blue Jays.

The A’s offered contracts Thursday to all other unsigned players on their 40-man roster. That includes their seven remaining arbitration eligible players: left-hander Dallas Braden; relievers Craig Breslow, Brad Ziegler and Joey Devine; outfielders Conor Jackson and Ryan Sweeney; and third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.

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