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A's to bring back Cust on one-year deal

Updated: January 7, 2010, 9:11 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics added some much-needed power to their lineup with someone they already know swings a reliable bat: free agent Jack Cust.

The A's agreed to a $2.65 million, one-year contract Thursday to bring back Cust, giving the team the pop in the middle of the order it was seeking this offseason.

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 ...

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