Interesting Timing: Cust Back to A's


Interesting Timing: Cust Back to A's

Jan. 7, 2010

Mychael Urban

I just confirmed through rock-solid sources that Jack Cust, with whom the Giants have been talking, has agreed to return to the A's on a one-year deal that will pay him 2.5 million in base salary, with incentives that could push it closer to 3 million.Good move for the A's. He's a much better fit for the A's as a DH than the Giants, for whom he'd have made for uneasy times in the outfield. And Oakland is getting him at an even lower base than they paid him last year (2.8 mil), when he led the team in homers for the third consecutive season.Interesting timing, too.
I spoke with Jack via text yesterday and he said the A's hadn't made an offer yet. But Billy Beane had told me he expected to get an opportunity to match any offer Cust and his agent deemed acceptable. Did our news report Wednesday that the Giants were talking with Cust expedite things? At the risk of self-indulgence, I'd say it's certainly possible.
You know how these two teams like to tweak each other. So remove Cust from the list of potential gets for the Giants, who still want a left-handed bat. And plug Cust's high OBP and pop into an A's lineup that would have been a pop gun without the likable big fella from Jersey.Check out Chronicle Live at 5 tonight for some analysis on the move; I'll be appearing with host Greg Papa on a panel that includes two of the better columnists in the Bay Area, Monte Poole and Lowell Cohn.

49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth


49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday they have signed DL Sen'Derrick Marks to a one-year deal. 

Marks (6-2, 305) was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Titans (2009-12), he appeared in 51 games (26 starts) and registered 180 tackles, eight passes defensed, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to the 2013 season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent the last four seasons (2013-16). With the Jaguars, he appeared in 52 games (35 starts) and registered 104 tackles, 16 sacks, 13 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. In 2014, he led the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games (one start) and finished with 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He was released by the team on March 9, 2017.

A 30-year-old native of Mobile, AL, Marks attended Auburn University where he appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and registered 114 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

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Bobby Evans opens up on Giants’ concussion issues this season


Bobby Evans opens up on Giants’ concussion issues this season

The injury bug has taken one unpredictable bite out of the Giants' 2017 season. Recently, they have been hit hard by concussions, both in the big leagues and with their top draft pick. 

San Francisco is currently without the right side of its infield in Brandon Belt and Joe Panik as they sit on the 7-day concussion DL. Heliot Ramos, who the Giants took No. 19 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft, is the latest to take a hit to the head

Ramos, 17, was hit by a pitch Sunday night in the Arizona Rookie League.

Giants GM Bobby Evans was asked in an interview with The Athletic Wednesday how the recent uptick in concussions have changed how the team handles the injury. 

I think the concern continues around the game and around all of sports. We are very much aware of the risks associated with not allowing a player to fully recover from one.

We want to make sure in every form that we get guys healthy and that they aren’t playing again until they are ready to go. That takes patience on our part, but I applaud the work of baseball to protect the player and obviously appreciate the diligence of what our medical staff does to continue to monitor even the smallest sign of a concussion.

Belt has now sustained four concussions in his career between college and pro ball. His return to the team this season is still up in the air. Panik, who was also concussed last season after getting hit in the head by now-teammate Matt Moore, played in his first rehab game Tuesday night with the Sacramento River Cats.

Along with Ramos, who was hitting .348 with six home runs at the time of his injury, top picks Jacob Gonzalez and Aaron Bond have impressed Evans with their play in the Rookie League. 

It’s tough to come into a league like that and hit for average and contribute the way that they have. They’ve put themselves in a very good position to start their careers. We are proud of them and are hopeful that we can continue to see more from them as they progress through the system.

Their regular season will end here shortly and then they will go into at some point an Instructional League and then move on to an offseason before they come in next spring. I think they’ve got to be very proud of what they have accomplished this season.