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After 87 strikeouts and three homers, Jack Cust gets the boot

Jul 29, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

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A colossal flop as Seattle’s designated hitter, Jack Cust was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Erik Bedard on the roster.

Cust had just three homers and 23 RBI in 225 at-bats for the Mariners.  He was getting on base at a .344 clip, but his slugging percentage of .329 was barely above Ichiro’s .323 mark.  (Of course, Ichiro’s OBP is just .317, so Cust did have more than 30 points of OPS on him.)

But Cust can’t offer anything defensively, and since he’s managed only 16 homers in 574 at-bats over the last two years, he may have trouble finding work again in the majors.  He needs to some legitimate pop in combination with his willingness to take a walk, because with his lack of speed and the occasional mistake on the basepaths, he’s not going to score from first base very often.

Cust’s departure clears the way for the Mariners to give Wily Mo Pena a shot in a week or two.  For now, they may shift Mike Carp to the DH spot more frequently, opening up playing time in left field for Greg Halman.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more……..

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 29, 2011 at 7:39 PM

      I guess if you say so, I’ll have to pack my things and go.

  2. JBerardi - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Wily Mo Pena.

    Make it happen, Seattle. Do it for your fans. Do it for America.

  3. nomoreseasontix - Jul 29, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Cust only worked out adequately in Billy “Bargain Basement” Beane’s system. Pretty much a career triple A player that caught a break.

  4. ispysomething7 - Jul 30, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Whoever plays the Indians, needs to pick this guy up. When the series is finished, cut him. Repeat with the next team to play the Indians.

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