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Jack Cust | Outfielder

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/7/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Orioles released 1B/OF Jack Cust.
The 35-year-old did not play affiliated ball in 2013 and the Orioles were unable to find room for him on their Triple-A roster. Cust received just one at-bat in major league camp this spring. Mar 21 - 5:58 PM

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Orioles signed OF Jack Cust to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, meaning Cust will be on the minor league side of Orioles camp. The 35-year-old did not play affiliated ball in 2013 and is a longshot to make an impact for Baltimore in 2014. Cust batted .213/.344/.329 with the Mariners in 2011 -- his last major league season.
Feb 5 - 5:09 PM

The Orioles are still trying to decide whether to sign Jack Cust, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.

Cust worked out for the team for three days this past week in Sarasota but left without an offer. Kubatko said the feeling is the team would likely sign the 35-year-old if he's willing to begin the year at Triple-A Norfolk. The left-handed hitter may not get a better offer after being released by the Rays last March and sitting out the entire 2013 season.
Jan 18 - 5:23 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that Jack Cust will work out for the Orioles on Tuesday at their minicamp.

Kubatko also adds that it was Cust that contacted the O's about a job. It's possible he could net a minor league deal if the workout goes well, but he'd obviously be a longshot to make the Opening Day roster. Slated to turn 35 on Thursday, Cust didn't play organized ball in 2013.
Jan 13 - 7:11 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are considering doing a minor league deal with Jack Cust.

Cust has not appeared in a major league game since 2011 and did not play affiliated ball in 2013. It would be an organizational depth signing for the Orioles, who will meet with Cust this week at their Florida minicamp.
Jan 13 - 2:42 PM

Rays released OF Jack Cust.

They also reassigned Dane De La Rosa, Kirby Yates, Leslie Anderson, Rich Thompson and Cole Figueroa to minor league camp. Cust batted .174/.296/.261 in 270 plate appearances this spring. He'll try to catch on with a new organization.
Sat, Mar 23, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Jack Cust struck out all three times he was up Sunday against the Red Sox.

Cust was a long shot to make the Rays after being signed to a minor league deal last month, and he's done nothing to help his case while going 3-for-17 with no RBI so far this month.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 05:31:00 PM

Rays signed DH Jack Cust to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cust is a longshot to make the Opening Day roster after the Rays re-signed Luke Scott, but he'll represent depth at Triple-A. The 34-year-old spent all of 2012 at the Triple-A level, batting .243/.400/.442 with 20 homers and 72 RBI in 114 games.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 08:13:00 AM

Jack Cust has elected free agency.

The 33-year-old slugger spent the 2012 season terrorizing Triple-A pitching to the tune of .243/.400/.442 with 20 homers and 72 RBI in 114 games between two organizations. While he has always struggled to make consistent contact, Cust has always shown the ability to get on base and hit for power, which should be enough to generate a spring training invite.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 12:33:00 PM

Blue Jays signed DH Jack Cust to a minor league contract.

Cust was released by the Yankees earlier this week after batting .249/.400/.475 with 20 homers and 66 RBI at the Triple-A level. He's not worthy of a major league roster spot, and will continue to serve as organization depth.
Sat, Aug 4, 2012 03:16:00 PM

Yankees released DH Jack Cust.

Cust was batting .249/.400/.475 with 20 homers and 66 RBI for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but the Yankees have apparently decided they'd be better served giving playing time to others. The 33-year-old should be able to catch on somewhere else if he wants, though it's possible he'll just decide to shut it down until next year.
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 10:09:00 PM

Yankees signed DH Jack Cust to a minor league contract.

Cust was released by the Astros on Tuesday after battling an elbow injury while collecting just one hit in 25 at-bats this spring. His power has faded a bit over the past couple of years, but he still knows how to draw a walk. The 33-year-old will serve as insurance at the Triple-A level.
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 12:38:00 PM

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Jack Cust will sign a minor league deal with a National League team.

It won't be the Rockies and it's also fair to take the Astros out of the mix, since they released him Tuesday morning. Cust went just 1-for-25 this spring and is unlikely to crack a major league roster anytime soon.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 09:25:00 PM

Astros released OF Jack Cust.

Cust signed a one-year, $600,000 major league contract with the Astros this winter and was expected to open the 2012 regular season as an active pinch-hitter. But he collected just one hit in 25 at-bats this spring while battling elbow issues, effectively playing his way out of a 25-man roster spot. The Astros also released left-hander Zach Duke on Tuesday morning.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 08:38:00 AM

Jack Cust is now 0-for-24 this spring after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday.

Cust got a major league deal in January, but he's hardly assured of a spot in the Houston outfield at this point. The Astros could release him and take Travis Buck in his place.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 04:07:00 PM

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